July 10, 2020

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COVID-19 Due to the rising number of Covid infections in Romania, some countries like Malta, Finland and Norway are banning the access of the Romanians to their territories, whereas others are imposing quarantine and isolation at the border. The Netherlands is firmly recommending self-isolation in the case of visitors from Romania. As of yesterday Austria is asking all the Romanians willing to enter its territory to produce a medical certificate in English or German not older than four days proving they test negative for SARS-COV-2. In the absence of such a certificate the Romanians must self-isolate themselves for 14 days. Britain has made a list with safe countries from the point of view of Covid infection, which does not include Romania, so citizens from Romania must also self-isolate themselves for two weeks. Authorities from Hungary have announced they will re-check the rules regarding the access of citizens from neighboring countries registering an increase in the number of infections. Authorities in Greece have also voiced concern regarding the rising number of infections in the Balkans and the government might re-impose public and travel restrictions due to the latest developments. According to Radio Romania correspondent in Athens, the measures will also include mandatory tests for visitors entering Greece from Bulgaria.

BILL A bill on quarantine and self-isolation initiated by the government in Bucharest is currently being debated upon in the decision-making Senate in Bucharest. The document, which includes a large number of amendments, was endorsed with a landslide majority by the Chamber of Deputies yesterday. It regulates a series of necessary temporary measures in the field of public safety in situations of high epidemiological and biological hazard with a view to preventing and limiting contagion on the national territory. The executive has resorted to the move after the Constitutional Court decided that self-isolation, quarantine and hospitalization cannot be imposed through a ministry order even in the case of infected persons. Judges believe the aforementioned procedures are infringing upon individual rights and liberties and imposing some restrictive measures must be done only under a law clearly regulating these restrictions. On Friday Romania reported a fresh high number of infections 592, which brings the total number up to 31,400. About 22,800 people have been cured and discharged from hospital whereas 1847 died. The number of Romanian infected abroad exceeded 51 hundred with a death toll of 122.

FOOTBALL FCSB, a football side from Bucharest, in southern Romania, and Sepsi OSK, from Sfantu Gheorghe, in central Romania on July 22nd will be playing on neutral ground, in Ploiesti, the finals of Romania's Cup. On Thursday night, in the semifinals, Sepsi secured a 3-0 away win against Poli Iasi after a 5-1 home win in the first game. In the other semifinal game FCSB eliminated Dinamo Bucharest after a 3-0 away win and 1-0 home victory. Last month also saw the resumption of the domestic championship interrupted in March due to the Covid pandemic. Universitatea Craiova is at the top of the table followed by champions CFR Cluj and FCSB. All the football games in Romania are taking place without spectators. 

PROTESTS Thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets of Bulgarian capital Sofia on Thursday night in spite of interdiction to call for the resignation of centre-to-right Prime Minister Boiko Borisov and the general prosecutor. The protest came after a series of searches conducted at the presidency headquarters by prosecutors and police, which the protesters believed as masterminded by the ruling power. The protesters say that instead of focusing on the oligarchy, the justice is harassing the president. According to Radio Romania correspondent in Bulgaria, the neighboring country is practically facing a severe crisis in which for the first time a left-right front of the political opposition is taking on the government.

(translated by bill)

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