Bodies Pile Up Outside Hospital Morgue in Romania as it Battles Deadly Fourth Wave

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  • The morgue at Bucharest University Hospital has reached capacity, with piles of dead bodies laying on the corridor in what can be described as the country's deadliest COVID-19 wave
  • Bucharest University Hospital is the largest medical facility treating COVID-19 patients in the country and has been overwhelmed by the surging coronavirus cases and deaths
  • The country has been experiencing the fourth wave of the infection, which has so far infected nearly 2 million people and killed more than 55,000 people since the pandemic began. Many say poor vaccine uptake in the country is responsible for the current rise in cases
  • Just under 36 percent of the population in Romania has been fully vaccinated, with medical workers attributing the low vaccination rate to a variety of factors, including deeply held religious beliefs, misinformation, and vaccine skepticism by government authorities
  • One of the most prominent anti-vax public figures in the country is also a government official, the mayor of Bosanci village. Neculai Miron has continued to insist that available vaccines are not safe and have many side effects, potentially driving more skepticism