15 July 2021

Morning headlines – July 15th 2021

Florin Jipa

Image source: US Army

Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: In the last 24 hours, more than 15.000 people got vaccinated. Totally, more than 4.8 million people got the vaccine, with more than 4,6 getting both doses.
  • Coronavirus in Romania: In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 79 new SARS CoV-2 cases, 3 deaths and in ICU there are now 51 people hospitalized.

Global political and militaru events

  • Protests in France. On Wednesday in the afternoon, there were violent actions between protesters who are opposing vaccination and the use of COVID-19 certificates, in many areas of France, including Paris, where the authorities created barricades. (Aleph News)
  • The Cuban government raises the restrictions on the introduction in the country of food and medicines. Prime-minister Manuel Marrero has announced a first measure aimed at calming the population, after thousands of people protested in many areas, giving the citizens the possibility, until December 31st, to bring food, medicines and hygiene products in the country, without paying taxes. (AP)
  • The top US general was afraid Trump would use the Armed Forces to keep power. The US top general Mark A.Milley has stated that he was afraid Donald Trump would use the Military to keep the power, comparing the former president with Adolf Hitler. The information came out in the book `I Alone Can Fit IT: Donald Trump J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year’, written by two Washington Post reporters, Carol D. Leonnig and Philip Rucker.
  • Why the Bulgarian MiG-29 crashed in the Black Sea. The Bulgarian minister of Defence gave the Court the report after the crash of a MiG-29 aircrafts, on June 9th, in the Black Sea. The investigation presented three possibilities: the aircraft hit the water’s surface after the pilot lost the space coordinates (most plausible), the catastrophe was caused by the missile carried on board, the fighter jet was destroyed after the missile exploded.

Romania’s defence and security

  • MoND is organizing a parade after ending the Romanian Armed Forces’ military presence in Afghanistan. The military parade organized after the completion of Romania’s Armed Forces’ mission in Afghanistan will take place on Wednesday, July 21st, starting with 10am, in the Triumph Arch Square in Bucharest, said the military institution.
  • Romania will have to reduce with 12.7% the gas emissions. The European Commission proposed on Wednesday a package of measures to reach the EU’s climate objectives, until 2030,  having 2005 as reference point. The plan will be negotiated with the members states and the European Parliament.