November 13, 2020

november 13, 2020 A roundup of local and international news.

State of alert. The government has decided to extend the state of alert by a further thirty days as of Saturday. The head of the department for emergency situations Raed Arafat said the sanitary measures introduced earlier remain in place and will also apply to the parliamentary elections due on 6th December. He said the health and foreign ministries will issue a joint decree referring specifically to the voting stations abroad.  Arafat also said the government was planning to temporarily allow medical school graduates and residents to practice medicine so that they can work, under supervision, on wards treating coronavirus patients. More than 324,000 coronavirus infections have been recorded so far in Romania. Almost 9,500 new cases were reported on Friday. 1,149 people are in intensive care. 174 new deaths were recorded, taking the death toll to 8,694.


List. The National Committee for Emergency Situations has updated the list of countries with a high epidemiological risk. The amber list countries include Armenia, Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Jordan, Italy, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Portugal and Hungary. Arrivals from these countries are requested to isolate for 14 days. Travellers to Spain from high-risk regions or countries will be obliged to produce a negative result to a Covid test, beginning on 23rd November. The Romanian foreign ministry is emphasising that the test must be taken no longer than 72 hours prior to entering Spanish territory and that the document must be written in Spanish or English. The ministry also recalls that all persons travelling to Spain must fill in a form about their state of health before travelling.


Coronavirus world. More than 53.1 million people have been infected with coronavirus globally and more than 1.3 million have died. In many European countries, the situation remains critical and governments are taking additional measures. A nigh-time curfew comes into effect today in Greece and Portugal has expanded restrictions to more areas. Slovenia has banned almost all public gatherings, and Hungary is in lockdown for at least a month. In Italy, three regions in the north are seeing new restriction beginning today. France has seen a 16% drop in new cases in the last 7 days, but the situation ion is sensitive in hospitals, where the second wave is expected to peak next week.


Statistics. The GDP dropped by 4.4% in the eurozone and by 4.3% in the European Union in the third quarter of 2020 compared with the same period last year. Spain saw the biggest drop, at 8.7%, while Romania recorded a 6% drop, according to a report by the EU statistical office Eurostat. The data referring to Romania were supported by the country's National Institute for Statistics, which published a report saying the economy shrank by 6% in the third quarter of the year compared with the same period last year, but it grew by 5.6% compared with the previous quarter.


Moldova elections. In the Republic of Moldova, the election campaign for the second round of presidential elections on Sunday comes to a close today. In the first round of the election, former pro-European PM Maia Sandu got over 36% of the votes, and the incumbent pro-Russian Socialist president, Igor Dodon, under 33%. The candidates favouring the reunification with Romania as well as  the pro-European candidates, who left the presidential race in the first round, made public their unconditional support for Maia Sandu in the second round. The third-placed candidate, the pro-Russian populist Renato Usatyi, has urged his voters, some 17% of those who voted in the first round, to vote for the  former prime minister. On Tuesday, Romania's President, Klaus Iohannis expressed joy at the news of the vote for the West-leaning candidate and deemed it a vote in favour of the irreversible democratic evolution of the Republic of Moldova, a country that has permanently and unequivocally been supported by Romania.


UK visas. EU citizens will be able to travel to the UK visa-free after 1st January 2021 for a period of 6 months, according to the new immigration system made public by the British government.  EU citizens can travel to the United Kingdom for several times during that time span, but they are not allowed to live in the UK, under the multiple entry and extended visa mechanism, nor are they allowed to work or access public funds. Those willing to work, live or study in the UK must request a visa. This visa will be granted based on a system of points, after the applicants submit a visa request, on the website of the British government. Points are granted in keeping with a set of requirements that applicants should meet.  (CM)



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