31 March 2021

Morning headlines – March 31st 2021

Florin Jipa

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Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: Almost 2 million people got vaccinated (more than 1 million with both doses). In the last 24 hours, more than 65.000 people got the vaccine (more than 37.000 with doth doses).
  • Coronavirus in Romania:  In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 6.024 new SARS CoV-2 cases, 175 deaths and in ICU there are now 1.405 hospitalized people.
  • The number of ICU beds is increasing. The minister of health, Vlad Voiculescu, has stated, on Tuesday, at a media press conference, that the number of ICU debs is about to increase from 1.400 to 1.600.
  • The US and other 13 countries do not trust the WHO report on the virus’s origins. The US and other 13 countries have expressed, on Tuesday, their concerns on the WHO Report on the COVID-19 origin. According to the final report of the researchers team of the WHO, the Chinese city Wuhan and the animals market from this city cannot be considered as the outbreak source of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The WHO chief is criticizing China and demands a new investigation. The WHO chief has demanded, on Tuesday, a new investigation on the hypothesis regarding a possible leak of the SARS CoV-2 virus from a Chinese laboratory and criticized the Chinese side for not offering the international experts enough data, says France Presse.

Global political and military events

  • Putin, Merkel and Macron discussions. Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron have discussed on Tuesday, through videoconference, about the COVID-19 vaccines, including the Russian one, Sputnik V, the Alexey Navalny situation and the last developments of the civil war from Libya, said France Presse.
  • NATO, 10 missions for the interception of Russian aircrafts. The Alliance has announced, on Tuesday, that it has alerted aircrafts from many countries, including Romania, for 10 missions to intercept the unidentified Russian military aircraft which were getting close to the allied border.
  • New political alliance in Europe. The discussions between the Hungarian prime-minister Viktor Orban, his Polish counterpart, Mateusz Morawiecki, and the League leader, Mattero Salvini, will take place on Thursday in Budapest and will focus on creating an alliance between the Fidesz (Hungary), Law and Justice (PiS, Poland) and League (Italy) parties.
  • The EU asks Hungary to respect the freedom of media. The commissioner for the human rights from the Europe’s Council, Dunja Mijatovic, has asked Hungary, in a memorandum published on Tuesday, to respect the freedom of the media, says AP.
  • The US is withdrawing the unessential personnel from Myanmar. The US has asked on Tuesday its unessential personnel from the Myanmar Embassy to leave the country given the violent actions from the country.
  • Australia is developing missiles. Australia has revealed a 500 million euro plan for the development of missiles given the deterioration of the security situation in the region, according to a statement of the defence ministry, Peter Dutton.
  • The British SAS troops got to Mozambique to search for the people kidnapped by the terrorists. Many British special operations forces, SAS, got to Mozambique to work with the local security forces to search and free the citizens kidnapped by the jihadist forces, from Palma village, among them being also a British citizen.

Romania’s defence and security

  • The Government is debating the Relaunch and Resilience Plan. The Government is discussing at Wednesday’s meeting, in a second reading, the modification and addition of the Emergency Ordinance no. 155/2020 on some measures for the elaboration of the National recovery and resilience plan necessary to Romania to access reimbursable non-reimbursable foreign funds from the recovery and resilience mechanism.
  • US-Romania discussions. The Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister, Bogdan Aurescu, had talks with the US State Secretary, Antony Blinken, about the strategic partnership, the US military presence in Romania and the Black Sea security and the fight against corruption and Visa Waiver program.