August 30, 2020

august 30, 2020 A roundup of domestic and international news

COVID-19 IN ROMANIA - 952 new COVID infections have been reported in Romania in the last 24 hours, the Group for Strategic Communication announced on Sunday. 39 people have died, taking the death toll to 3.578. 7.213 people infected with SARS CoV-2 are now hospitalized, 492 people being in intensive care. 9.132 people are in home isolation while 5.839 are in institutionalized isolation. 32.955 are in home quarantine while 71 in institutionalized quarantine. 6.589 Romanians living abroad have tested positive for COVID-19, of whom 126 have died.



COVID-19 WORLDWIDE - The number of COVID infections has exceeded 25 million worldwide, the official death toll standing at some 840.000. Nearly 40% of the total number of cases have been reported in the United States, where 182.000 people have died, as well as in Brazil, the second-most affected country, with over 120.000 deaths. This morning, India has confirmed the biggest daily increase in the number of new infections, over 78.000. In Europe, Hungary will shut down its borders starting September 1 to limit the spread of the virus. Romania's Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu on Saturday had a telephone conversation with his Hungarian counterpart, Péter Szijjártó, the latter saying the transit of Romanian nationals to their home country would not be affected. In turn, Poland will ban flights to 46 countries, including Romania, starting September 2. Ukraine too has shut down its borders to foreign citizens, with some exceptions. People exempted to this ban must present a medical insurance upon crossing the border, which should cover the costs of a potential COVID treatment and related quarantine expenses.



ELECTION - The campaign for the local election due on September 27 continues in Romania. The authorities have announced the set of regulations candidates and their teams must observe to prevent the coronavirus from spreading. According to the Interior Ministry, face masks are compulsory, while all people attending election events and meetings will undergo triage and will have to sanitize their hands. Access rules and individual health safety measures will be publicly displayed. Participants will also have to observe the minimum 1-meter distance. A maximum of 50 people are admitted for indoor activities for a maximum duration of 2 hours. In the case of outdoor events, the participation is limited to a hundred people. Candidates are vying for one of the 41 positions of presidents of county councils, 3.200 mayor seats, 1.300 county councilmen and 40.000 local councilmen. Originally slated for June, the local election was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.



ROMANIAN LANGUAGE DAY - Cultural events will be held on Monday in Romania, the Republic of Moldova and abroad to mark Romanian Language Day. Set up on August 31, 2013, the event pays an homage to the national reawakening movement in the Republic of Moldova. On August 31, 1989, some 750 thousand people, a sixth of the Republic's population at the time, protested in front of the Parliament building in Chisinau, which decided to declare Romanian an official state language and switch to the Latin alphabet and replace the Cyrillic alphabet, which had been used since 1940, when the USSR annexed Moldova.



MOTION - Parliament on Monday is debating and voting a no-confidence motion against the Liberal Government. The Social-Democrats in opposition are accusing Ludovic Orban's cabinet of poor management of the corona crisis. In turn, the Government has referred the motion to the Constitutional Court, as Parliament is in its summer recess. President Klaus Iohannis has said the Social-Democrats are trying to generate political instability that would benefit their election campaign.



STATISTICS - 5% of Romanian students were enrolled in universities abroad in 2018, the EUROSTAT reports. At European level, 8% of students were studying abroad. The leader of this ranking is Luxembourg, with a 48% share of the total number of students, Cyprus with 24%, Austria, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands. The lowest shares were reported in Croatia and Greece, 3%, followed by Spain and Poland, 4%, and Lithuania and Romania, 5%. In 2018, some 408 thousand students were officially enrolled in state and private universities. Of these, 6% were foreigners.



HANDBALL - The Romanian men's handball team HC Dobrogea Sud Constanta on Saturday defeated HC Victor Stavropol of Russia 26-18 in the first leg of the EHF European League first preliminary round. In the same competition, AHC Potaissa Turda lost 24-26 to HRK Gorica of Croatia at home. The return leg is scheduled next week. The Romanian champions Dinamo Bucharest will play directly in the European League group phase, to kick off in October.



GEORGE ENESCU - The George Enescu prestigious international music contest continues in Bucharest. Some 205 young musicians from 39 countries are enrolled in the competition, 184 in the violin, cello and piano sections and 21 in the composition sections. Total prizes stand at €100.000. The competition is unfolding mostly online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

(Translated by V. Palcu)



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