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Israel Sends COVID-19 Assistance To Hard-Hit Romania

The country is confronting its worst wave of infections since the pandemic started.

The fourth wave of COVID-19 has hit Romania hard. The country is confronting its worst wave of infections since the pandemic started nearly two years ago with 500 deaths a day and more than 10,000 new infections every 24 hours. Romania’s health system is starting to collapse.

Israel is coming to Romania’s rescue, offering both human and technical help via the Israeli Embassy in Bucharest.

This week, Israel sent 40 oxygen concentrators to Romania. The devices were made possible with help from AFI Europe Romania and Israel’s Elbit Systems.

“Romania is going through a difficult period,” said David Saranga, Israel’s ambassador in Romania. “COVID patients need special medical attention and these oxygen concentrators will help them in the healing process.”

In addition, a medical team from Israel was sent to Bucharest on Sunday to share best practices with physicians in Romania. The team includes three doctors, a chief nurse specializing in COVID-19, and a logistics expert: Dr. Rami Sagi, Dr. Eyal Fox, Dr. Mark Romain, Tamar Keinan, Moshe Batito.

A medical team from Israel was sent to Bucharest November 7 to share best practices with physicians in Romania. Photo courtesy of Israeli Embassy in Bucharest
A medical team from Israel went to Bucharest on Sunday to share best practices with physicians in Romania. (Courtesy of Israeli Embassy in Bucharest)

The country requested help via the EU Civil Protection mechanism. Denmark, Holland, Poland, Italy, Austria, France, Germany and Serbia all stepped up to the plate. Moldova also sent a team of doctors and nurses to work at the hospital in Letcani, in Romania’s northeastern county of Iasi, where COVID-19 patients are treated.

Although cases of infection in Romania seem to have plateaued, the number of patients dying from COVID is still high. On Nov. 2, the COVID death toll reached an all-time high: 591 cases in 24 hours. The country’s death tolls since the start of the pandemic has reached 48,664, authorities reported.

Romania has a population of 19.2 million — about double that of Israel, which also saw new cases of infection skyrocket to 10,000 a day during the height of the fourth wave, although total deaths remained much lower, at 8, 109.

Worldwide, there have been 249,743,428 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 5,047,652 deaths, reported to the World Health Organization as of Nov. 8, and a total of 7,084,921,786 vaccine doses have been administered.

A new World Health Network — an international grassroots task force in response to the COVID-19 pandemic — aims to bring cases down to sufficiently low numbers so that no community transmission occurs for extended periods of time.

The network includes independent scientific advisory and advocacy teams and citizens’ action to achieve progressive elimination of the disease globally.

Produced in association with Israel21C.

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