16 August 2021

Morning headlines – August 16th 2021

Florin Jipa

Image source: IGSU

Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: In the last 24 hours, more than 5.000 people got vaccinated. Totally, more than 5.1 million people got the vaccine, with more than 4,9 getting both doses.
  • Coronavirus in Romania: In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 323 new SARS CoV-2 cases, 6 deaths, and in ICU there are now 112 people hospitalized.
  • WHO will send a second team of investigators to China. The WHO has announced, on Sunday, that it will send in China another team to investigate the Covid’s origins and `depoliticize the topic` (AP).

Global political and military events

  • Afghanistan is under Taliban’s control. Most of the foreign diplomats have left the country. The US soldiers are still in control of the Kabul Airport. The Taliban say the war is over and they said they want to end conflicts. More than 60 countries have asked the Taliban to allow the departure of diplomats and Afghan citizens who want to leave the country and keep borders open.
  • Trump asks for Biden’s resignation for the chaos he created in Afghanistan. Donald Trump, the former president who decided the withdrawal of the US military from Afghanistan, asked, on Sunday, for Joseph Biden’s resignation for the chaos he created in Afghanistan, the COVID-19 epidemic in the US and the condition at the border with Mexico (AP).
  • Ukraine: the mayor from Krivoi Rog was shot death. Konstantin Pavlov, aged 48 years, mayor of Krivoi Rog city, in the Dnepropetrovsk region, has died, on Sunday, after he was shot (AFP).
  • Haiti is going through difficult times. The death toll of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake has led to the death of 1.300 people and 6.000 people who got hurt. The local authorities have warned that a tropical storm is reaching the island (AP).

Romania’s defence and security

  • Ceremony at Romanian fire fighters’ comeback from Greece. The ceremony organized at the return home of the 108 fire fighters, who were asked to join the Greek counterparts, will take place on Monday, at the National Intervention Coordination Centre from Ciolpani (IGSU)
  • Romania is vaccinating Tunisia. A team composed of five doctors and eight nurses have vaccinated 2.500 people in six hours, in a humanitarian mission they execute in Tunisia. (Government).