08 July 2021

Morning headlines – July 8th 2021

Florin Jipa

Image source: Profimedia

Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: In the last 24 hours, more than 17.000 people got vaccinated (more than 6.000 with both doses). Totally, more than 4.7 million people got the vaccine, with more than 4,6 getting both doses.
  • Coronavirus in Romania: In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 60 new SARS CoV-2 cases, 2 deaths and in ICU there are now 56 people hospitalized.
  • NCES is extending the alert condition for another 30 days. The National Committee for Emergency Situations has adopted a decision which extends the alert condition for another 30 days, starting with July 12th. The decision will be approved on Thursday by the Government. Masks are still mandatory in closed spaces or crowded ones (markets, bus stations etc).

Global political and military events

  • Security alert from Microsoft. Microsoft asks its users to update their Windows to the last version possible, given a vulnerability which attracts more and more hackers. The security breach, called PrintNightmare, is affecting the Windows Print Spooler service, which allows several users to access a printer (AlephNews).
  • Haiti: four mercenaries were killed, two arrested. They were part of the assassination of president Jovenel Moise, in the night between Tuesday and Wednesday, in his own home. (CNN)
  • Armenia asked to Russia’s support. On Wednesday, the Armenian prime-minister, Nikol Pashinyan, asked for Russian president Vladimir Putin’s support due to the tensions in the relation with Azerbaidjan. Despite the presence of the Russian peace maintenance forces (around 2.000 soldiers), the situation in Nagorno –Karabakh is not stable, said Pashinyan. (Agerpress)
  • The US embassy in Iraq was attacked with missiles. Three missiles were launched over the US embassy in Baghdad, yesterday, but not victims were registered. The US Army used the C-RAM defensive systems to destroy the missiles. (AP)
  • Iran hosted discussions between the Talibans and representatives of the Afghan government. The representatives of Talibans and the Government met, on Wednesday, in Tehran. Sher Modammad Abbas Stanikzai led the Taliban delegation, meanwhile the former vice-president Younus Wanooni represented the government. (CNN)

Romania’s defence and security

  • A wagon with 56 tons of gas went up in flames in Prahova. The fire started at a wagon, at the Busteni exit on its way to Azuga. The wagon was loaded with 56 tons of gas and it was separated from the rest of the train. There is a total of 22 wagons, 18 of them being loaded with diesel fuel and 4 with gas fuel. (Mediafax)
  • President Iohannis is participating, on Thursday and Friday, at the 6th Three Seas Initiative Summit, organized in Bulgaria. On Friday, he will participate at the summit organized at the National Culture Palace in Sofia and hold a joint press conference with counterparts from Bulgaria, Rumen Radev, Poland, Andrzej Duda, and Latvia, Egils Levits. (Agerpress)