ALERT The government in Bucharest has today
endorsed a decision on extending the state of alert for Romania with another 30
days beginning on Tuesday. The document stipulates a series of measures
regulating the ongoing local election campaign and the voting procedures, at
the same time limiting meetings and demonstrations to 100 people with the
observance of safety rules and regulations. Voters must use disinfectants while
entering and exiting poling stations. A mobile polling station will be made
available first for the healthy but non-transportable persons and then for
those in isolation and quarantine.
UNDERGROUND A metro section linking the west of
Bucharest to its centre was inaugurated on Tuesday. Authorities have given
assurances that systems are functional to offer safe and comfortable transport.
This 7 kilometer underground section is the first to have been built from
scratch since the demise of the communist regime in Romania thirty years ago.
The section, which should have been ready five years ago and has a total value
of 0.7 billion Euros, has become part of Bucharest underground network of 78
kilometres and 63 stations.
EDUCATION School started in Romania on Monday for
roughly 3 million students. 12, 500 schools have opened their gates while 5
thousand others are also offering alternative online course. Against the background
of the Covid-19 pandemic, more than half of the parents in Romania's urban
areas want their children to go to school, shows a recent poll conducted in several
cities across the country. At the same time 61% of the interviewees believe that
schools presently cannot offer education in safe conditions while 66% believe
that students must wear face masks in classrooms.
CONTEST A series of 55 mini-recitals held by pianists from all over the
world has today ended as part of the George Enescu International Classical
Music Contest. The event has been made available at www.festivalenescu.ro and the jury is
expected to announce the winners on Wednesday. Only 12 out of the total 55
participants will make it to the competition's next stage. The most important
international cultural event, the George Enescu Festival has four contest
sections, piano, cello, violin and composition and comes fifth in a world
ranking of classical music contests.
COVID-19 According to worldometers.info
the confirmed Covid-19 infections continue to be on the rise at a world level.
The total number of infections worldwide has reached 29.4 million with a death
toll of 932 thousand. The most affected countries are the USA, India, Brazil,
Russia, Peru, Columbia, Mexico, South Africa, Spain and Argentina. The most
affected African countries are South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Ethiopia and
Nigeria while in Europe the most affected are Russia, Spain, France, the UK,
Turkey, Italy, Germany, Ukraine, Romania, Belgium and Sweden. According to the World
Health Organisation the situation is going to worsen and the death toll is
expected to increase in October and November.