August 29, 2021

august 29, 2021 A roundup of domestic and international news

COVID-19 - Romania remains in the green zone, although the number of COVID-19 patients requiring medical treatment is on the rise. There are 1,115 people now being treated for coronavirus in hospitals across Romania, the highest number reported in the last three months, while 269 people are in intensive care. 868 new cases of infection and 19 related fatalities were reported on Sunday by the Group for Strategic Communication, most new cases being signaled in Bucharest and in Cluj, Timiş and Iaşi counties. Since the start of the vaccination campaign, 5.1 million people have completed the full vaccination scheme. Health Minister Ioana Mihăilă said that if the epidemiological context worsens, travel restrictions may target only people who haven't taken the vaccine, and that schools will stay open for as long as possible. The Romanian official also said the authorities shouldn't cover the costs entailed by testing as long as the vaccine is free of charge and widely available.

PANDEMIC - The list of countries with a high epidemiological risk will come into force on Sunday at midnight. Greece, Turkey, North Macedonia, Spain and Switzerland are in the red zone, which means all arrivals from these countries will be exempted from quarantine only if people provide proof of vaccination. The yellow zone now includes Bulgaria, Serbia, Albania, Slovenia, Japan, Palestine and the Philippines. Romanians returning from the yellow zone will not enter quarantine if they have the vaccine, had the disease of provide a PCR negative test. The United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and the British Virgin Islands are now in the green zone.

EXHIBITION - A Romanian Air Force aircraft on Sunday transported to Spain artifacts to be presented in the exhibition "Archeological Treasures of Romania - Dacian and Roman Roots". Bringing together 835 exceptional exhibits from the collections of 39 museums in Romania, the exhibition will be opened to the general public at the National Museum of Archaeology in Madrid, and is being coordinated by Romania's History Museum. The exhibition will open on September 30 and will close at the end of January, 2022. It is organized under the aegis of the Romanian Ministries of Culture and Foreign Affairs, with support from the Defense Ministry, and is part of the Agenda of Public and Cultural Diplomacy devoted in 2021 to marking 140 years of diplomatic relations between Romania and Spain. The exhibition also enjoys the high patronage of His Majesty, King Felipe 6th of Spain and of Romania's president, Klaus Iohannis.

SIBIU - The International Theatre Festival in Sibiu came to a close on Sunday. For nine days, over 2,000 artists from 38 countries turned the city into one huge stage. Nearly 600 performances, conferences, exhibitions, workshops and other special events were held, most of which with physical crowd attendance, but also in hybrid format and online.

GEORGE ENESCU - Great world orchestras, reputed Romanian and foreign artists are taking part in the 25th edition of the George Enescu International Music Festival that kicked off at the Bucharest Concert Hall on Saturday. Over the next month, 32 orchestras from 14 countries will climb on stage, and viewers will have to abide by COVID-related health regulations. Sunday's agenda includes a concert at the "Auditorium" concert hall of the National Fine Arts Museum in Bucharest, while the Moldovan Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Cristian Florea, will open the section "Enescu and his Contemporaries". The Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest hosts a concert given by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Zagreb conducted by Dawid Runtz, with violinist Valentin Şerban and cellist Jae Min Han, last year's winners of the George Enescu International Music Contest, as soloists.  Also on Sunday, the London Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Simon Rattle and the Radio Academic Choir conducted by Ciprian Ţuţu will perform works by Enescu and Strawinski at the Bucharest Concert Hall, marking 50 years since the death of Igor Strawinski and 140 years since the birth of George Enescu. The 2021 edition of the George Enescu festival is also held in Satu Mare, Cluj, Sibiu, Braşov, Iaşi, Piteşti and Constanţa.

TENNIS - 4 of the 5 Romanian tennis players who qualified to the main draw at the US Open will play in the opening round on Monday. Simona Halep (13 WTA) will play Camila Giorgi of Italy (36 WTA). Irina Begu (74 WTA) will go up against Andrea Petkovic of Germany (66 WTA). Ana Bogdan (106 WTA) will play Rebeka Masarova of Spain (231 WTA). Gabriela Ruse (108 WTA) will take on Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic (40 WTA). Finally, Sorana Cîrstea (38 WTA) will play Veronika Kudermetova of Russia (31 WTA) on Tuesday. (VP)
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