17 June 2021

Morning headlines – June 17th 2021

Florin Jipa

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Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: In the last 24 hours, more than 32.000 people got vaccinated (more than 18.000 with both doses). Totally, more than 4.5 million people got the vaccine, with more than 4,2 getting both doses.
  • Coronavirus in Romania: In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 104 new SARS CoV-2 cases, 18 deaths and in ICU there are now 192 people hospitalized.

Global political and military events

  • US-Russia summit. The US president Joe Biden and the Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have established three basic rules for the future of the two states’ relations, following the June 16th meeting, from Geneva: an agreement to start the consultations on cyber security; starting a dialogue on the strategic stability and the return of ambassadors to Moscow and Washington.
  • China successfully launched three astronauts to a new space station. The launch of the Shenzhou-12 spatial ship took place on Thursday morning, at 9:22 local time. The three astronauts are Nie Haisheng, Liu Bominag and Tang Hangbo. They will the first three people to get on China’s spatial station, Tianhe. They will stay there for three months, says Mediafax.
  • European Commission’s president, tour in the EU. The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen started, today, a tour in the 27 EU member states to promote the Next Generation EU recovery plan, after she downloaded the digital passport.
  • Trump admits, for the first time, that he lost the presidential elections. The former president, Donald Trump, has stated, on Wednesday, for Fox News, for the first time: `We did not win. Let’s see what happens`. Trump, aged 75, has stated that he intends to run for the 2024 elections, but the final decision will be taken in 2022.
  • The UN condemns the Russian mercenaries in the Central Africa Republic. The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has condemned the power and the allies in Central African Republic for the violent actions and threats against civilians, based on a report. In the gold and ore-rich country, the Russian mercenaries were accused for counseling the Armed Forces in attacking the rebels and the UN troops, says AP.
  • The North Korea leader admits the country goes through starvation. The North-Korean leaders, Kim Jong Un, officially admits the country goes through a `under pressure food situation`, says Aleph News, admitting a bananas kg costs around 45 dollars.

Romania’s security and defence

  •  The National Bank of Romania’s thesaurus is the only case wherein the restitution obligations were not followed. The National Bank of Romania’s thesaurus was the only case in history wherein a gold monetary reserve legally allocated to be returned then the owner’s wants it was not followed accordingly, said, on Wednesday, the NBR governor, Mugur Isarescu, says Digi24.
  • The cities in Romania, among the most polluted in Europe. In a list of 320 cities monitored by the EU, the three cities in Romania are among the last ones: Bucharest has the 263th position, Timisoara the 267th one and Brasov has the weakest air quality, getting the position 273, says Digi24.
  • Renate Weber explains why she was dismissed. The Ombudsman Renate Weber explained, on Wednesday, after she was dismissed, that he had a disagreement with the government led by Ludovic Orban when it issued an Emergency Ordinance by which it was allowing the access of private hospitals to public funds, which eventually proved to be unconstitutional, says Aleph News.