04 October 2021

Morning headlines – October 4th 2021

Florin Jipa

Image source: Mediafax

Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: In the last 24 hours, more than 30.000 people got vaccinated. Totally, more than 5.6 million people got the vaccine, with more than 5.4 getting both doses.
  • Coronavirus in Romania: In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 8.682 new SARS CoV-2 cases, 150 deaths, and in ICU there are now 1.440 people hospitalized.

Global political and military events

  • North Korea resumes communication with the South. North Korea resumes the communication channels with the South, on October 4th, according to KCNA. On June 9th, Pyongyang closed the office which was maintaining the dialogue with the neighboring country, due to some propaganda balloons. (AP)
  • Explosion at a mosque in Kabul. At least 12 people died near a mosque in Kabul, Id Gah, where the funeral of Zabihullah Mujahid’s mother was being held. According to the Taliban movement, the people who died were civilians. (AP)
  • Palestinian-Israeli meeting. The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, met, on Sunday, in Ramallah, with an Israeli delegation of the Meretz party, which is now governing, to discuss the economic, security and sanitary relations between the two sides. (AFP)
  • Pandora papers. Around 35 current and former world leaders, but also more than 300 officials appear in documents of some offshore companies, called Pandora Papers, among them being included Vladimir Putin, Tony Blair, the prime-minister of the Czech Republic, Jordan’s King, the president of Ukraine, which is the result of an investigation of more than 650 journalists. (Mediafax)
  • Japan has a new prime-minister. Japan’s parliament voted, on Monday, Fumio Kishida, the former foreign affairs minister, as the new prime-minister of the country. He replaced Yoshihide Suga, who resigned. The prime-minister and members of the cabinet will take the oath on Monday. (AP)

Romania’s defence and security

  • The minister of energy: `In October, we are approving a new offshore law. Next year, we will have the first gases from the Black Sea`.  Virgil Popescu, the minister of energy, has stated that his month the Parliament will vote a new offshore law which will allow, starting 2026, the exploitation of the Romanian gas. `On a different plan, next year we will have the first gases from the Black Sea. 1 billion cubic meters will enter the national transport system’, said Popescu. (Aleph News)
  • Sanitas is protesting in front of the Government. The Sanitas Federation unionists are protesting, on Monday, in front of the Government, for better work conditions in hospitals and employees’ rights. (Press Release)