November 6, 2021 UPDATE

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SPORT Romanian swimmer David Popovici won gold in the 200 meter freestyle race of the European Short Course Swimming Championships underway in Kazan, Russia. This has been the third medal for Romania after silver and bronze won by Robert Glinta in the 100 meter and 50 meter backstroke race. In another development, Romanian tennis player Horia Tecau and his German partner Kevin Krawietz have qualified for Nitto ATP Finals in Turin over November 14th and 21st a competition, which is the year-end climax to the ATP Tour season and features only the world's best eight qualified singles players and doubles teams. Tecau and Krawietz, who are presently ranking 7th in the ATP Doubles Race, have booked tickets for Turin after the results they obtained at Paris Masters. The tournament in Turin would be Tecau's seventh participation in the Nitto ATP Finals.

COVID-19 Authorities in Romania on Saturday announced over 8 thousand new Covid -19 infections. 490 new fatalities have also been reported bringing the death toll since the beginning of the pandemic to 50 thousand. Romania continues to get international assistance in its efforts to keep the pandemic at bay. Another four patients in severe conditions are to be transported for treatment to hospitals in the Czech Republic and Denmark and a medical team of experts is to arrive in Romania from Israel to help the local physicians in their efforts to fight the pandemic. The head of Romania's Department for Emergency Situations, Raed Arafat, says that although the number of infections is on a downward trend, hospitals will remain overcrowded for another couple of weeks and the number of fatalities remains higher. Arafat has also said that vaccination remains the main form of protection. After being on an upward trend for a couple of weeks, the country's vaccine rollout has slowed down of late. Since Romania's vaccine rollout kicked off in late December last year, the number of Romanians fully vaccinated has reached nearly 6.5 million. The man in charge of the country's vaccine rollout, physician Valeriu Gheorghita, urged people to not let themselves be fooled by individuals who came out of nowhere and are spreading fake news underlining the most effective way in the fight against the pandemic remains vaccination. Gheorghita participated in an online Q&A marathon together with other doctors and experts.

SCHOOL Roughly 1,800,000 students and preschoolers are to commence courses on Monday, less than two thirds out of the total number, after a two-week holidays. The rest are to resume online courses, under a joint decision by the Ministries of Education and Health in Romania, which provides that students can resume courses in person only in those schools with at least 60% of their teaching staff vaccinated. The Students Council believes the measure is not enough for the safe resumption of physical schooling though and has called on the medical authorities to develop an algorithm upon which schools may decide the format of courses they provide considering other factors besides the staff vaccination, like the local infection rate, test capabilities in certain regions and the conditions for keeping social distancing and implementing prevention measures. Education Minister Sorin Campeanu has announced the purchase and the future distribution to schools of 9 million tests. 30% of the students over 12 have so far been vaccinated.    

TALKS Romania's Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu is going to have a round of talks with the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington on Monday during the visit he is paying to the USA over November 8th and 9th upon the invitation of his US counterpart. The visit marks the official opening of the 7th meeting part of the US-Romania strategic dialogue for the 21st century. The Talks between the two officials are to be focusing on identifying concrete ways of developing and deepening bilateral cooperation in several fields such as politics, security, military, energy and economic cooperation.

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