28 October 2021

Morning headlines – October 28th 2021

Florin Jipa

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Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: In the last 24 hours, more than 150.000 people got vaccinated. Totally, more than 6.73 million people got the vaccine, with more than 6.11 getting both doses and 787.000 of them getting the third dose.
  • Coronavirus in Romania: In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 14.950 new SARS CoV-2 cases, 508 deaths, and in ICU there are now 1.861 people hospitalized.

Global political and military events

  • Putin offers the EU gases after filling the Russian tanks. The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has stated, on Wednesday, that he demanded Gazprom to increase the gases deliveries to the EU, after the Russian tanks will be filled. (AFP)
  • Biden criticized China’s actions in the Taiwan Strait. The US president, Joe Biden, has criticized, on Wednesday, China’s coercive actions in the Taiwan Strait, in the speech held at the summit of the Asia-Pacific countries. (AP)
  • France asks Poland to be open for dialogue when it comes to the dispute with the EU. Emmanuel Macron discussed with his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda, and he told him that France encourages the dialogue in the dispute Poland has with the EU on the justice reforms and supports Poland in the migrants’ issue. (AFP)
  • ISIS claims an attack from Iraq which ended with 11 deaths. The Jihadist group Islamic State has claimed, on Wednesday, the attack that took place on Tuesday, on a village near Diyala, east of Iraq, which ended with 11 deaths. (AP)
  • Iran resumes the negotiations on the nuclear file. Ali Bagheri, the Iranian responsible with the nuclear file has stated that his country is ready to resume the negotiations, in Vienna, in November. The statement was made at the end of a meeting, in Brussels, with the European negotiator, Enrique Mora. (CNN)
  • India tested a new ballistic missile. Due to the tensions it has with China, India has tested a new ballistic missile, with a range of action of more than 5.00 km, which can carry a nuclear load. (AP)
  • Taiwan’s president confirms the presence of US military on the island. Tsai Ind-wen has stated, on Wednesday, that a small number of US forces are on the island to trains their Taiwanese partners. She said she hopes the allies will help Taiwan to defend itself. (CNN)

Romania’s defence and security

  • Poll: Romanians' trust in Klaus Iohannis has decreased. The confidence in President Klaus Iohannis has decreased in just a few months to 14%, according to an Avangarde poll released on Wednesday. (Aleph News)
  • Prolonged political crisis: General Ciuca plays his last card. Prime Minister-designate Nicoale Ciuca says he will submit the nominal list of ministers and the governing program by Saturday night. Next week, the Government will enter the Parliament: “I will play my card. Anyway, I will not submit my mandate". (Aleph News)
  • Polluted Bucharest: illegal waste burning has started. Octavian Berceanu, the former head of the National Environmental Guard, posted pictured on a social network with the thick smoke that can be seen from the burned waste around the Capital. (Mediafax)