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New COVID-19 Lockdown Sparks Protests Across Romania

More than 1,000 people protested on March 29 in Bucharest against restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19. Anti-lockdown demonstrations also took place in Cluj-Napoca, Sibiu, Constanta, and several other cities across the Romania. The demonstrations were mainly organized by the far-right AUR Party, which has supported anti-vaccination protests.

On March 29, Romania reported its highest number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units -- almost 1,400 -- since the pandemic started, with another 12,000 needing hospital care. The country, with a population of more than 19 million, has had more than 940,000 confirmed infections and 23,234 deaths.

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