20 April 2021

Morning headlines – April 21th 2021

Florin Jipa

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  • Coronavirus and vaccines: In the last 24 hours, more than 75.000 people got vaccinated (more than 26.000 with both doses). Totally, more than 2.6 million people got vaccinated, with more than 1.6 million getting both doses.
  • Coronavirus in Romania.  In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 1.768 new SARS CoV-2 CASES, 149 deaths and in ICU there are now 1.448 people hospitalized.
  • The vaccination campaign is running slow. Romania is vaccinating daily around 80.000 people, although, according to recent statements of prime-minister Citu, for Digi24, the daily vaccination capacity is 115.000 people.
  • Non-stop vaccination in Timisoara. Three days (23, 24 and 25 of April) x 30 flows= 10.000 people vaccinated with Pfizer at the Regional Business Centre CRAFT Timisoara, says RoVaccinare.

Global political and military events

  • The EU is obfuscating the number of Russian troops at Ukraine’s border. The chief of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, after he stated in a media conference that the number of Russians at Ukraine’s border is 150.000, corrected the number, in the same day, within a videoconference reunion with the Foreign Affairs ministers from the EU member states, saying there are only 100.000.
  • Armin Laschet, the successor of Angela Merkel. The leadership of the German party the Christian-Democratic Union, has reassured, on Monday evening, the support offered to Armin Laschet, the president of the union, during an internal vote, trying to solve the crisis within the conservative party concerning the succession of Angela Merkel, says AP, according to Agerpress.
  • Power transfer in Cuba. The president Miguel Diaz Canel will lead the communist party, says CNN.
  • The EU mediates the crisis in Georgia. The ruling party from Georgia and the opposition have signed, on Monday, an agreement mediated by the EU for end the political crisis which has raised concerns about the democracy in this former Soviet republic, says AP, according to Agerpress.
  • Former US commander: The new Iron Curtain is across the Black Sea. General (r) Ben Hodges, former commander of the US Army Europe has warned that Russia wants to isolate Ukraine from the Black Sea and it wants to extend its influence and limit the traffic in certain areas, stating that the new Iron Curtain is across the Black Sea. The 2.000 Russian soldiers from Transnistria are part of the plan, also said the general, within an interview for Digi24, underlining that Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia are part of Russia’s expansion plan.
  • The Czech Republic takes Russia out of the auction on the construction of a nuclear power plant.The Czech Republic has announced, on Monday, that is giving up the collaboration with the Russian nuclear agency, Rosatom, for the construction of a new nuclear power plant, after the conflict and diplomatic tensions related to the expulsion of Russia and Czech diplomats, says Digi24.

Romania’s defence and security

  • Drug dealers detained in Neamt. Tens of people were detained for 24 hours after a DIICOT and Neamt authorities’ investigation, says Agerpress. Those who were detained are accused of high and very high risk drug trafficking, the possession of high and very-high risk drugs with the purpose of consuming and for using a house for the illegal consumption of drugs.
  • Instruction march of marine cadets. The students from the first year at the Military School of the Naval Forces have embarked, on Monday, on the ‘’Mircea’’ ship to participate at the planned training and do the annual instruction march, said the Naval Forces Chief of Staff.
  • No solution in the coalition. The representatives of the ruling parties did not find any solution to Minister of Health’s dismissal. The discussions will continue today, says Mediafax.