August 3, 2020

august 3, 2020 Some of the latest news from Romania and abroad.

Coronavirus Romania. Romania passes 54,000 coronavirus infections. 19 new deaths were reported on Monday, taking the death toll to 2,432. The number of active cases has also reached a new record, passing 18,400, while 419 patients are in intensive care. Starting today, travellers from Romania will only be able to enter the Czech Republic if they take a coronavirus test. Belgium has also introduced restrictions for arrivals from 24 counties in central, southern, south-eastern and south-western Romania. Recently, Italy has extended indefinitely the obligation for arrivals from Romania to self-isolate for 14 days. Hungary and Slovenia have also announced new entry conditions for arrivals from Romania.

Coronavirus world. More than 18.2 million coronavirus cases were reported and more than 690,000 people have died globally. More and more countries are reintroducing the restrictions lifted in the last month due to a new surge in the number of cases. South Africa is the fifth worst affected country after the United States, Brazil, India and Russia. Australia, which successfully tackled the outbreak in its early stages has now taken the tightest measures since the start of the pandemic. Europe is also on alert, tightening border controls, especially for travellers from high-risk areas.

Parliament. Parliament in Bucharest is again in extraordinary sitting this week. Specialist committees are holding hearings and prime minister Ludovic Orban is again expected in Parliament to present a report on the measures taken to manage the coronavirus pandemic. A Parliament's inquiry committee into acquisitions and how the emergency situation was handled may meet on Tuesday. The joint Senate committees for constitutional affairs and the judiciary may debate a citizens' initiative to revise the Constitution entitled "No more criminals in public office". The Chamber of Deputies has already passed the initiative. If Senate passes it, the government must hold a referendum to revise the Constitution within 30 days of the adoption of the bill. In another move, the speakers of the two chambers, the Social Democratic Party members Marcel Ciolacu and Robert Cazanciuc asked prime minister and National Liberal Party leader Ludovic Orban to present plans to manage the pandemic, the start of the new school year and the organisation of local and parliamentary elections.

Poll. More than half of Romanian employees say they are worried about the rise in the number of coronavirus cases, but don't think a state of emergency should be reintroduced, according to an opinion poll conducted by the recruitment platform BestJobs. 47% of respondents say a new state of emergency would destroy the economy, and 10% believe the situation is not that bad yet. 36% of Romanian employees believe, however, that more drastic measures are necessary in order to prevent the spread of the virus. 58% of respondents blame the spike in the number of cases in the last month on people not respecting hygiene and physical distancing rules, and only 15% blame the authorities for not imposing stricter rules and not making sure they are respected.

Film. Colectiv is the first Romanian documentary nominated by Romania for an Oscar, said the director of the Transylvania International Film Festival Tudor Giurgiu. The festival, which is in its 19th year, is under way in Cluj Napoca, in north-western Romania. The focus this year is on safety and physical distancing, with the festival taking place exclusively outdoors at several locations around the city and nearby. The line-up features more than 130 titles. A programme of Romanian short film runs from today until Wednesday. This year's edition is dedicated to the great Italian director Federico Fellini. Romanian actress Maria Ploae is to receive a special recognition award. The festival is coming to an end next Sunday.

Tennis. Three Romanian players, Sorana Cirstea, Irina Begu and Laura Ioana Paar are in action today in the women's singles in Palermo, a tournament worth 163,000 euros in prize money. This is the first WTA competition held since March. In the first round, Cirstea faces Italy's Sara Errani, Begu faces Germany's Laura Siegemund while Paar plays Russia's Lyudmila Samsonova in the final qualifying round. A fourth Romanian player, Patricia Tig, faces fourth seed  Anett Kontaveit  of Estonia on Thursday. World no. 2 Simona Halep withdrew from Palermo because of the rise in the number of coronavirus cases.
Publicat: 2020-08-03 13:55:00
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