Romania's new COVID-19 daily cases exceed 5,000

FILE PHOTO: A plainclothes police officer, wearing a protective mask due to the outbreak of th coronavirus disease (COVID-19), instructs a vendor to adjust his mask over his nose, as stated by Romanian law during the COVID-19 pandemic, in a Bucharest market, Romania, October 7, 2020. Inquam Photos/George Calin via REUTERS

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - The number of new coronavirus infections in Romania rose by a daily record of 5,028 in the past 24 hours, the government said on Friday, as new restrictions were introduced in Bucharest and other cities.

Romania has reported more than 4,000 new daily cases almost every day for the past week, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 201,032 since late February in the country of 20 million.

While about 145,000 people have recovered, 6,245 people have died, one of the highest fatality rates in the eastern wing of the European Union.

Reporting by Radu Marinas; Editing by Gareth Jones