25 March 2021

Morning headlines – March 25th 2021

Florin Jipa

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Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: More than 1.8 million people were vaccinated (more than 854.000 with both doses). In the last 24 hours, more than 59.000 people got the vaccine (more than 28.000 with both doses).
  • Coronavirus in Romania: In the last 34 hours, there were recorded 6.136 new SARS CoV-2 doses, 137 deaths and in ICU there are now hospitalized 1.351 people.

Global political and military events

  • Hungary does not think Russia is aggressive. The diplomacy chief from Budapest, Peter Szijjarto, has stated, at a NATO reunion, that Russia is not a direct threat to Hungary. He continued, however, by saying that he understands and respects that some NATO states think differently, but Hungary is not sharing the same perspective. Instead, he criticized Ukraine for breaking the rights of the Hungarian community.
  • Russia is destabilizing Eastern countries, including Moldova. The NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, has stated, after the reunion of foreign ministers that Russia is increasing its military capacities in Eastern Europe and is trying to destabilize the neighboring countries, like Moldova.
  • Taiwan has started the mass production of long range of action missiles. Taiwan has announced that it has started the mass production of three types of long range of actions missiles, to counter the threat coming from China, says Reuters.
  • North Korea has launched two ballistic missiles in the sea, close to Japan. The missiles, which were small range of action missiles, hit the sea after 430 km, said the Japanese authorities. The launch aimed at testing the Biden Administration and the Japanese government which are getting ready for the Olympics, says Reuters.
  • Military parade in Greece. Prince Charles and Camila will participate at the military parade for the celebration of Greece’s National Day, in Athens, marking the emancipation of the country under the Ottoman Empire, in 1821.

Romania’s defence and security

  • Reunion of the European Council. President Klaus Iohannis is participating on Thursday and Friday at the reunion of the European Council, which is organized through videoconference. The main topics are the acceleration of production, delivery and distribution of vaccines, the planning on the gradual raise of restrictions, the Eastern Mediterranean situation and relations with Turkey.
  • The Romanian Police Day. According to article 50 of the law no. 218 from 23.04.2002, the date of 25th of March have been established as the day of the Romanian Police. The choice of this date is related to the Christian symbol of the Annunciation which was featured on the first flag of the Great Agia (18th – 19th century Romanian institution dealing with public order), symbol which have been incorporated on the current flag of the Romanian police as well. In the year of 1822, Lord Grigore Dimitrie Ghica had handled to the great aga Mihăiţă Filipescu (the police chief of that time) the standard on which the sigil of the Agia Flag is sewed. Next to the sigil is placed a golden wreath, inside it being shown the image of Virgin Mary encountering the angel who brings her the good announcement (The Annunciation).