4 April 2020

Special forces have been deployed to enforce a strict lockdown of Romania’s notorious town of Tandarei, known for its links to human-trafficking gangs and organised crime.

Reports have emerged of parties and large gatherings taking place as many ignored restrictions on movement in the south-eastern town.

In recent weeks, around 800 overseas workers are reported to have returned to Tandarei, from countries hit hard by the virus – such as Italy, Spain, and Germany – raising fears of the town becoming another coronavirus hotspot.

The first hotspot outside the capital, Bucharest, was Suceava in the north-east, which saw the closure of its largest hospital after scores of medical staff tested positive for coronavirus.

So far seven people who tested positive in Tandarei have died, including a 39-year-old man who reportedly had no underlying health conditions.

In Romania, 3,613 people are confirmed infected and 146 people in total have died.

This entry appeared here on BBC’s live coronavirus coverage