Romania reports two more COVID-19 cases

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Romania on Friday confirmed two more COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to three in the eastern European country.

Both patients returned to Romania this week from Italy, State Secretary at the Health Ministry Nelu Tataru told a press conference.

According to the official, one of them is a 45-year-old man in the northern county of Maramures, and the other is a 38-year-old woman in the western county of Timis.

Tataru said that both of them showed obvious symptoms. The man even went to see the doctor because of cold symptoms while in Italy, and he suffered a bout of respiratory failure on Thursday after returning home.

Romania confirmed the first case of novel coronavirus late Wednesday after a 20-year-old Romanian was infected by a visiting Italian.

Romania has frequent people exchange with Italy. As of 2019, over 1.2 million Romanian citizens are living in Italy — the largest Romanian immigrant population in any country.

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