Romania detects first cases of South African coronavirus variant

PUBLISHED: Fri, 05 Mar 2021 09:03:38 GMT

BUCHAREST, March 5 (Reuters) – Romania has reported its first two cases of the coronavirus variant first identified in South Africa, online news publication HotNews said on Friday, citing data by private clinic MedLife.

The cases were diagnosed in patients from the capital Bucharest and the central city of Pitesti, it said.

The European Union state reported over 4,000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, its highest daily tally this year. It detected its first cases of the variant first identified in Britain in early January. (Reporting by Luiza Ilie; editing by John Stonestreet)

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