November 30, 2021 UPDATE

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COVID-19 Over 1,600 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours were reported on Tuesday in Romania, along with 147 deaths, 17 of which from a previous date. Doctors warn that although ambulance services are receiving fewer requests for home testing, a large number of teams are still being deployed. After several states announced finding the Omicron variant of the virus, which has over 50 mutations, tests in Romania are now taking into account this strain as well. Meanwhile, the vaccination rate remains low, with only around 9,500 people getting the first dose and almost twice as many the booster dose on Tuesday. However, the low number may be owing to the fact that October 30 was a banking holiday in Romania.

REPATRIATION The Romanian nationals stranded in South Africa following the suspension of flights to the EU over the new coronavirus variant, Omicron, were brought to the country on Tuesday. The Tarom aircraft that brought them landed at the Military Base 90 instead of Otopeni Airport near Bucharest, as originally announced. The measure was taken because of concerns with infection risks. All the passengers will be tested and quarantined. The seats available in the Tarom aircraft that flew to Pretoria were offered to other EU member states to repatriate their own citizens, as part of the European civil protection mechanism. In related news, PM Nicolae Ciuca said the 72 Romanian tourists stranded in Morocco will also be repatriated by a Tarom aircraft on Thursday. Meanwhile, the authorities will try to find out whether there are any other Romanian nationals in the area. The foreign ministry urges citizens to analyse the situation carefully before traveling to countries affected by the new coronavirus variant and to check out the "COVID-19 Travel Warnings" section on the institution's home page.

NATO A meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Riga, Latvia, continues on Wednesday, with the Romanian foreign minister Bogdan Aurescu taking part. The meeting is a major landmark in preparing negotiations on NATO's new Strategic Concept and for the summit due in Madrid next year. Minister Bogdan Aurescu will reiterate Romania's support for preparing the new Strategic Concept, able to provide adequate response instruments to the challenges of the current security environment. According to the foreign ministry, Aurescu will also discuss the latest security developments in the Eastern Neighbourhood and the need to carry on efforts to strengthen NATO's deterrence and defence posture in a coherent and comprehensive manner for the entire Eastern Flank, including the Black Sea region.

ST. ANDREW Christians around the world celebrated on Tuesday St. Andrew's feast day. Andrew the Apostle is the patron saint of Romania. He spread the word of God and baptized the first people in today's Dobrogea, on the Black Sea coast. St. Andrew was martyred by crucifixion on an X-shaped cross in the city of Patras, in Greece. Over 900,000 Romanians are named after St. Andrew the Apostle.

NATIONAL DAY 1,500 troops, Interior and Defence Ministry staff, as well as foreign military will take part on Wednesday in a parade celebrating Romania's National Day in Bucharest. According to the defence ministry, 100 combat vehicles will also participate. In turn, the city of Alba Iulia will host a military parade, a photo exhibition and concerts to mark the occasion. Proclaimed a national holiday after the 1989 anti-communist revolution, December 1 marks the completion of the Romanian nation state in 1918, after World War 2, by the union of all territories with predominantly Romanian population.

FAIR Romania is taking part, until December 2, in the 2nd edition of Egypt's International Defence Expo, EDEX 2021, hosted by Cairo. Public defence companies as well as private operators will be present. Some 400 companies from around the world are taking part in this year's edition, showcasing the latest technologies in the field of defence. (tr. A.M. Popescu)
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