05 April 2021

Morning headlines – April 5th 2021

Florin Jipa

Image source: Mediafax

Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: In the last 24 hours, more than 49.000 people got vaccinated (more than 27.000 with both doses). The total number of people who got the vaccine reaches 2.1 million, with 1.2 million getting both doses.
  • Coronavirus in Romania: In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 4.151 new SARS CoV-2 cases, 97 deaths and in ICU there are now 1.456 people hospitalized.
  • Vaccines supply. More than 511.000 Pfizer doses will get to Romania today.
  • Virus variant in Japan. A SARS CoV-2 variant is provoking concerns in Japan, three months before the Olympic Games.

Global political and military events

  • Elections in Bulgaria. According to some polls, the GERB party (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria), led by the prime-minister Boiko Borisov, got the first position in the parliamentary scrutiny in Bulgaria, with 25% of the votes, but it will need an alliance to create the future government. It was followed by the populist movement ITN party (There is Such a People), which got 17,1%, said the Gallup Institute.
  • The EU is supporting Ukraine against the Russian aggression. The chief of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, has promised on Sunday, the firm support of the EU to Kiev and, at the same time, he expressed his concerns on the Russian troops’ actions near Ukraine, says AP, according to Agerpress. “We are watching the Russian military activity near Ukraine”, said Josep Borrell on Twitter, following a phone conversation with the Ukrainian foreign affairs minister, Dmitri Kuleba.
  • Turkish admirals are going against the Istanbul Canal plan. More than 100 former admirals went against the construction of the Istanbul Canal, one of the ambitious projects of president Erdogan, signing an open letter to that end. The 104 admirals say it is “worrying” to open a debate on the Montreaux Convention, claiming that the treaty is actually “protecting the Turkish interests”, says Agerpress.
  • China imposes political conditions to offering credits to poor countries. The banks of China are imposing conditions to the countries they give loans to, so that significant changes brought to the laws, policy or the interruption of the diplomatic relations with China is classified as not accomplishing the contractual obligations and asks for the immediate return of the money, says a study of the Kiel Institute for Global Economy.

Romania’s defence and security

  • Ministry of Transports: The evacuation of the subway commercial spaces and the investigation of the unionists who participated at the protest have started. The commercial spaces no longer had an authorization in the last three years.
  • The construction of the Iernut power plant is in a deadlock. The natural gases producer Romgaz has announced, on Friday evening, that the Bucharest stock exchange has cancelled the execution contract for the thermoelectric power plant from Iernut because the doer did not follow the contract.
  • The National Council for Studying the Securitate Archives asking the MoND for the Security’s achieves. Three researches at the NCSSA, among them the son of dissident Gheorghe Rusu, are asking minister Nicolae Ciuca, through an open letter, published on Saturday, to give them access to Security’s achieves from MoND, related to the Revolution, said Digi24. They are accusing the MoND and the minister for complicity to communism’s crimes.