Romania imposes fresh restrictions to contain pandemic./ Prime minister Ludovic Orban briefs Parliament on 2021 budget./ Foreign minister Bogdan Aurescu travels to The Netherlands on official trip.
Romania saw 3,240 new coronavirus cases and 130 related fatalities on Monday.
1,076 people are receiving intensive care treatment. As of Monday, the
authorities introduced more severe restrictions to limit the spread of the
virus. School moved to online until December 9, shops will be closing no later
than 9 pm and wearing face masks is now compulsory in all public areas,
both indoors and outdoors. Night-time mobility is restricted for work and
health emergencies only. Indoor produce markets are to close for
world. The world's hopes are rising as the American company Pfizer and their German partner BioNTech said they
are developing a vaccine that offers 90% protection against Covid-19. Experts
warn, however, that these hopes must be confirmed. Moreover, the director-general
of the World Health Organisation on Monday called on the international
community not to close their eyes and hope the pandemic will go away at a time
when it is in fact spreading at an alarming pace. The global
number of infections has exceeded 50.8 million, while the global death toll
stands at 1.26 million, according to the latest worldometers.info update. The
United States continues to have the highest number of infections, followed by India and Brazil. Numerous states have returned to
restrictions in an attempt to thwart a new wave of the pandemic. In Europe,
more and more countries are reintroducing lockdown restrictions.
The Liberal prime minister Ludovic Orban on Monday presented the drafts for the
2021 state budget and social security budget before the Chamber of Deputies at
the request of the Social Democrats in opposition. Orban said that in this
election year, the government is obliged under the regulations in force to
submit the budget for the following year within 15 days of the installation of
the new government after elections. He said his government was not considering
any rises in taxes and duties and it will
allocate the necessary resources to pay salaries and pensions. Orban also said
Romania needs public investments to recover from the economic crisis fast. In
response, the Social Democrats said they have information that the budget bill
for next year will include tax rises and that the government doesn't have the money
to pay pensions, salaries and social benefits.
Romanian foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu on Monday travelled to The Hague
following an invitation by his Dutch counterpart Stef Blok. The visit is part
of efforts to boost bilateral dialogue given the 140th anniversary
this year of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two states.
According to a foreign ministry release, the two officials looked at the stage
of bilateral relations and ways to strength cooperation in areas of mutual
interest. The Romanian foreign minister highlighted the role played by the
Romanian community in The Netherlands, which is well-integrated and has a
positive contribution to the development of Dutch society and economy. He also
brought up the issue of Romania's accession to the Schengen free movement area
and argued in favour of a positive solution as soon as possible. The two
officials also discussed the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and the
importance of economic recovery instruments.
Romania's president Klaus Iohannis on Monday sent a congratulatory message to
US president elect Joe Biden saying Romania, as a strategic and reliable
partner of the United States, is firmly committed to continuing to promote
joint objectives in the area of strategic security, defence and the economic
sector. On Monday, Biden announced the creation of a task force made up of
public health experts charged with the management of the Covid-19 pandemic as
an immediate priority. On Sunday, his team launched a transition website
listing the top priorities of his mandate, which include the economy, combating
racism and climate change. Biden wants the US to immediately rejoin the Paris
Agreement and the World Health Organisation.