09 June 2021

Morning headlines – June 9th 2021

Florin Jipa

Image source: Ambasada Israelului

      Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: In the last 24 hours, more than 49.000 people got vaccinated (more than 30.000 with both doses). Totally, more than 4.4 million people got the vaccine, with more than 4 getting both doses.
  • Coronavirus in Romania: In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 202 new SARS CoV-2 cases, 21 deaths and in ICU there are now 295 people hospitalized.

Global political and military events

  • The US is economically countering China. The US Senate has adopted on Tuesday a law to counter China’s economic threat and its “authoritarian” model, says AP. 170 billion dollars are allotted for research, but the Senate is encouraging also the production of some materials, like semiconductors, in the US.
  • The UN is condemning the Burkina Faso attack. The UN Security Council has “strongly condemned”, on Tuesday, the attacks ended with more than 100 deaths executed by a Jihadist group in the night between Friday and Saturday, in North of Burkina Faso, says Agerpress.
  • Antonio Guterres, voted for a second UN Secretary General mandate. The Security Council has voted, on Tuesday, unanimously, for Antonio Guterres to stay for four more years as UN Secretary General. Aged 72, he will starts his second mandate next year and will end it in 2026, says Digi24.
  • President Biden will leave for Europe for four summits. On Wednesday, the team of president Biden will leave for Europe to prepare and participate at four important reunions: G7 (11-13 of June), NATO (14 of June), EU-US (15 of June), and the US-Russian Federation (June 16).
  • Belarus is clamping down the laws against protesters. The Byelorussian president, Alexander Lukashenka, has signed a law on Tuesday which is clamping down the sanctions for the people who join unauthorized manifestations, says Digi24. The participation to more than two unauthorized demonstrations is punished with three years of prison, publishing personal information about the law forces with 5 years and violence against them with 7 years.

Romania’s defence and security

  • The visit of Israel’s president to Romania. Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, will have a speech in the Parliament, on Wednesday, and then participate at the plenary session of the Romania-Israel Business Forum, together with prime-minister Florin Citu, the Israel ambassador David Saranga and the minister of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Tourism, Claudiu Nasui.
  • The World Bank foresees a 6% increase for Romania next year. The World Bank foresees that Romania will have a 6% GDP increase this year, with 2.5 more than the assessment made in January, and next year they expect Romania to have a 4.5 increase, with 0.4 more than previous estimations. For 2023, the World Bank thinks Romania will have a 3.9% increase, says Agerpress.
  • The minister of Justice wants to ban buying pre-paid cards without an ID. Stelian Ion, the minister of Justice, has stated on Tuesday that he will propose a constitutional law by which to prohibit selling pre-paid sim card without and ID card, given the threats such as the bomb one at the Court in Bucharest, the assassinate against the business man in Arad or the Caracal case, says Digi24.