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Early-Covid Flashbacks From Italy Haunt Vaccine Laggard Romania

Medical staff attend to Covid-19 patients in a mobile ICU unit, set up on hospital grounds to cope with the high numbers of seriously ill people at the Marius Nasta National Pneumology Institute in Bucharest, Romania, on Oct. 6.

Medical staff attend to Covid-19 patients in a mobile ICU unit, set up on hospital grounds to cope with the high numbers of seriously ill people at the Marius Nasta National Pneumology Institute in Bucharest, Romania, on Oct. 6.

Photographer: Andreea Alexandru/AP Photo

Romanian officials are concerned that scenes of overflowing Italian hospitals during the initial weeks of the pandemic are becoming the reality in their country.

Amid persistent hesitancy at getting jabs, the nation’s 19 million people are the second-least-vaccinated in the European Union and have suffered the bloc’s highest deaths during the past week. About 15,000 new cases a day are being recorded.