11 May 2021

Morning headlines – May 11th 2021

Florin Jipa

Image source: Brigada 282 Blindată

Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: In the last 24 hours, more than 99.000 people got vaccinated (more than 56.000 people getting both doses). Totally, more than 3.6 people got the vaccine, with more than 2.4 getting both doses).
  • Coronavirus in Romania: In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 620 new SARS CoV-2 cases, 68 deaths and in ICU there are now 962 people hospitalized.
  • The COVID-19 quick testing has been approved for pharmacies. The Minister of Health, Ioana Mihaila, has signed on Monday the order on the testing activity in pharmacies with quick antigen tests for the diagnosis of the SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Global political and military events

  • Conflict in Gaza: Israel’s retaliation after the missiles offensive of the Hamas militia: it attacked 130 targets in Gaza and killed 15 terrorists, said the Israeli government, according to AP. The Palestinians say 9 kids have died and 13 adults, after the air strikes.
  • The EU and the US are asking for tension decrease in Jerusalem. Israel and the Palestinians are going through one of the most serious tension escalation in recent years, says AP.
  • Alert in Europe: 70.000 Libyans are ready to invade the continent. Now, only four countries, among them Romania as well, would be willing to help, but there is no information on the number each country would accept, says Mediafax.
  • China is asking for the suspension of the UN reunion on Uighurs. China has asked on Monday the US, Germany and Great Britain to suspend a scheduled videoconference for next Wednesday on the repression against the uighur muslim minority in the Xinjiang region, says AP.
  • The US Marine fired warning shots on Iranian quick boats. 13 boats of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards were warned, in the Hormuz Strait, through warning shots, after they got closer than 140 meters to the Georgia submarine, which was in a group of seven military ships, says the Pentagon. It is the second incident in the last month that included warning shots.
  • Sweden got the first PATRIOT PAC-3 missiles. Lockheed Martin announced, on Monday, that it has delivered Sweden the first PAC-2 interceptors in April, in a contract signed in 2018.

Romania’s defence and security

  • President Klaus Iohannis and his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda, will go today to the Smardan Range in Galati, to attend the Justice Sword 21 military drill. During this drill, it will be tested the reaction and fight capacity of a big tactical unit, brigade level, a structure included in the unique set of forces offered by NATO, between 4-19th May, which enjoys the participation of more than 2.000 Romanian military and around 500 technique methods and armored vehicles from the Romanian Army, supported by a Polish infantry unit from the Multinational South-East Brigade from Craiova.
  • The Minister of Finances got 215 million RON from banks, on Monday. In April, the Minister of Finances got 4.7 billion RON from the internal market, 500 of them through 12-months certificates, with 3.6% more than the agreed number. For May, the administration planned auctions on the internal market worth of 4.7 billion RON, with 800 of them through 12-months certificates, says Mediafax.