Covid-19 – 1,399 new cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection have been reported in Romania in the past 24 hours following tests conducted nation wide – the Strategic Communication Group announced. Also 47 new deaths have been reported which takes the death toll to 3,812. A total of 92,595 cases of Covid-19 infection have been reported in Romania since the start of the pandemic and 39,626 patients have recovered. 485 people are in ICUs. The number of Romanians from abroad confirmed with the new coronavirus stands at 6,595, most of whom are in Germany, Italy and Spain. 126 Romanians from abroad have died from Covid-19.
Elections - Parliamentary elections in Romania will be held on December 6 – the PM Ludovic Orban announced during a government meeting. He pointed out that the government is obliged both by the Constitution and the law on parliamentary elections to set the date for these elections, adding that the date of the elections arises from the constitutional and legal provisions in force. At the end of July, Parliament adopted a law according to which, this time, the elections can be organized on March 15, 2021 at the latest but not earlier than December 6, with the date of the elections being established through an organic law also passed by Parliament. The document was not promulgated by President Klaus Iohannis who notified the Constitutional Court. In another development, the executive adopted several laws meant to regulate the management framework for the economic programs included in the National Plan for Investments and Economic Recovery and in the Partnership Agreement with the EC regarding the resilience and recovery plan.
Visit – Commander of U.S. European Command and NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Tod D. Wolters is paying a visit to Romania today and meeting the Romanian President Klaus Iohannis. President Iohannis will grant the American official the Order of the Star of Romania, in the rank of Grand Officer for peace, in sign of high appreciation for the support granted to Romania by the NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe. Also today General Tod D. Wolters is meeting with the Romanian defense minister Nicolae Ciuca and the general chief of staff General-Lieutenant Daniel Petrescu. The 3 officials alongside Admiral Robert Burke, Commander of Allied Joint Command Naples are participating today in Bucharest in a ceremony marking 5 years since the setting up of the Multinational Division South East. 14 states are contributing military to this structure which is meant to ensure the command and control of NATO operations of collective defense, contributing to the consolidation of defense on the Alliance’s southeastern flank, to ensuring the security of the territories and people of the states in their responsibility area. The structure from Romania is under the operational command of the NATO's Supreme Allied Command Europe and under the operational leadership of the Allied Joint Command Naples.
Football – Romania’s national football team is taking on tonight in Bucharest the team of Northern Ireland and on Monday they will take on, away from home, the Austrian eleven in the first two matches of the Nations League Group B1. The group also includes Norway which Romanian will play against next month. These are the first matches of the new coach Mirel Radoi who, last summer, trained and qualified Romania’s Under 21 team to the semifinals of the European Championship from Italy and San Marino. On October 8 in Reykjavik Romania will take on the team of Iceland in the semifinals of the European Championship playoffs. (tr. L. Simion)