Number of infections in Romania on the rise
People with the COVID-19 jab have a chance of dying 14 times lower than the ones who don't, a risk of infection 10 times lower, and a risk of ICU and hospitalization 12 times lower. These are the results of the first study on the effectiveness of the vaccine, run in Romania, presented by Valeriu Gheorghita, coordinator of the national vaccination campaign. Considering that the rise in the number of cases in the last few days is alarming, the physician launched an appeal to compliance with protection measures, and recommend once again vaccination, in view of the Delta variant appearing in Romania, which is much more contagious. Dr. Gheorghita said on TV that the authorities expect a rise in the number of cases, including serious ones, and that the trend would be the same next month:
“There is a high probability to register a rise in the number of cases, and in late May we may reach a number of over 900 cases in a single day, and in the second part of September, over 1,500 to 1,600 cases, considering relaxation measures, and the fact that the Delta variant is becoming dominant. However, the most important indicator is that related to gravity. However, at this point we have an estimate that one in two Romanians have a degree of immunity, either post-illness or post-vaccination. Our data indicate that vaccination reduces the risk of infection, irrespective of the clinical form of the illness.”
In terms of vaccination, from the first day of this week, the authorities announced that they are over the threshold of five million vaccinations in Romania overall. At the same time, over the last few days, the number of infections reached record levels in the last three months, with over 500 infections per day for days on end. The number of inpatient cases is over one thousand, with a rise in ICU cases, as well as lethal cases.
Romania achieves economic growth
The Romanian economy has recovered the losses from the pandemic crisis, according to authorities. Data from the NIS indicate that the GDP rose in the second quarter by 13.6% as compared to the same period in 2020, while for the first six months of the year, it went up 6.5%. PM Florin Citu believes that it is for the first time in the last 30 years when the economic growth is investment based, not consumption based. Here is Florin Citu:
“The Romanian economy has overcome the crisis in just one year, as the fastest economic recovery that Romania has had after such a crisis. Over the next period I wish for two things: predictability and stability in our economic life.”
The opposition Social Democratic party claims that the economic progress is modest compared to the period before the pandemic, and that people will have lower incomes because of the high inflation, which was noted by the European Office of Statistics. Eurostat on Wednesday announced that Romania was one of the community countries with the highest inflation last month, which was 3.8%, compared to 3.5% in June.
Departure from Afghanistan
As the situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate, the Foreign Ministry in Bucharest announced that the cross-institutional crisis panel continues its activity in support of Romanian citizens on Afghan territory. These days, the safe evacuation of these people continues. The foreign ministry said in a press release that the activity of Romanian embassy in Kabul was suspended in 2019, after an attack that gravely affected the building. Considering the lack of an operational mission in Kabul, and the fact that the embassy in Islamabad took over the relation with Afghanistan, its capacity to intervene in the latter country is limited, the ministry release continues. Since 2002 to now, over 32,000 Romanian forces participated in the Afghan theater of operations. 27 lost their lives, and 200 have been injured in these almost two decades of Romanian presence in the country.
Romanian firefighters in Greece
The 108 Romanian firefighters who fought wild fires in Greece are back at home, where they were decorated and promoted. During the ceremonies, the head of the Department for Emergency Situations, Raed Arafat, thanked the firefighters for their courage and professionalism. Minister of the Interior Lucian Bode congratulated the firefighters and said that all Romanians were at their side during this difficult mission:
“We all know this was an exhausting mission, which will be talked about for a long time, and which will stand as a lession in determination, responsibility, solidarity, and spirit of sacrifice. Gentlemen, you have made us proud by what you did on the mission in Greece, on the island of Evia, devastated by vegetation fires.”
The Greek press also wrote about the professionalism and courage of the Romanians, and the locals thanked them for their help. At less than a week from their return home, another detachment left for Greece to fight forest fires.
Olympic athletes decorated by President Klaus Iohannis
In the Tokyo OG, Romania reaped four medals: one gold, in women's rowing, and three silver, one in women's fencing, and two in men's rowing. The nine Romanians who got medals were decorated in Bucharest by President Klaus Iohannis. The head of state told them that it is admirable what they did for Romanian sports, sometimes in spite of many unjust hurdles. Romania came in 46th in the tally of medals in Tokyo this year. The team was comprised of 101 athletes from 17 sports disciplines.