19 April 2021

Morning headlines – April 19th 2021

Florin Jipa

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Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: In the last 24 hours, more than 71.000 people got vaccinated (more than 23.000 with both doses). Totally, more than 2.6 million people got the vaccine, and more than 1.6 got both doses.
  • Coronavirus in Romania: In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 2.265 new SARS CoV-2 cases, 160 deaths and in ICU there are now 1.475 people hospitalized.
  • More than 500.000 Pfizer doses will arrive in Romania, on Monday. These doses will be delivered through air and will get to Otopeni, Cluj-Napoca and Timisoara airports.

Global political and military events

  • Iraq. Missiles attack at the Balad Air Base, near Bagdad. Two foreign contractors and three Iraqi soldiers were wounded. It was the 20th attack since the beginning of the year.
  • Moscow is expelling 20 Czech diplomats. Russia has announced on Sunday evening that 20 of the Czech embassy’s employees became undesirable and must leave the country immediately, until Monday, April 19th. The measure is a response to Prague’s expulsion of 18 of Russia’s Embassy employees, says Mediafax.
  • Great Britain sends two warships to the Black Sea. The British Armed Forces will dislocate a Type 45 destroyer and a Type 23 frigate to the Black Sea, in May. The warships are part of the HMS Queen Elisabeth aircraft carrier which will be in the Mediterranean Sea, heading to the Indo-Pacific region during that particular period.
  • The first flight to another planet. The first flight of the mini-helicopter Ingenuity, from NASA, could take place on Monday, April 19th, after a week delay due to technical errors, says NASA, according to Mediafax.
  • EU prohibits AI for people’s surveillance. The European Commission wants to prohibit the use of AI for people’s surveillance and the classification of their behavior, seeking 4% fines from a company’s turnover if the AI norms are not followed. These norms will be announced this week, says Digi24, according to Reuters.

Romania’s defence and security

  • EU reunion. The Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu, will participate on Monday at the reunion of the EU member states Foreign Affairs ministers, which will take place online. According to the MFA, the discussed topics are: the situation in Georgia, the EU-India relations, the situation in Myanmar, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear file, the relations with Mozambique and the post-Cotonou Agreement perspectives. The theme of the reunion will also include debates on the developments from Ethiopia and the situation in Ukraine. Also, the European Foreign Affairs ministers will change perspectives with Ukraine’s Foreign Affairs minister, Dmitry Kuleba.
  • Political crisis. The ruling coalition will meet, on Monday, in the first reunion after Vlad Voiculescu’s dismissal from Minister of Health position, says Agerpress. They will look for solutions to the political crisis started on Wednesday, when prime-minister Florin Citu (PNL) has decided to dismiss Vlad Voiculescu (USR PLUS).