September 26, 2020 UPDATE

september 26, 2020 update A roundup of domestic and international news

ELECTION - The campaign for the local election scheduled on Sunday ended on Saturday morning. Originally slated for June, the election was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and local officials got their mandates extended. Over 18 million eligible voters are expected to hit the polls to elect 41 presidents of county councils, over 1,300 county councilmen, 40,000 local councilmen and 3,200 mayors. The election will consist of one round. The main competitors are the Social-Democratic Party, currently holding Parliament majority, and the National Liberal Party in power. The election is also seen as a test ahead of the legislative election scheduled for December 6. The vote will unfold with the strict observance of health safety measures, such as wearing masks or maintaining physical distance from people involved in the election process.


MULTILATERALISM - Romania's Foreign Minister, Bogdan Aurescu, on Friday attended the ministerial meeting of the Alliance for Multilateralism. The Romanian official pointed out that reconsolidating democratic values and rule-based international law is key to stepping up the robustness of societies. The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 75th UN General Assembly meeting, held online. The serious effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on politics, the economy and society have raised unprecedented challenges against multilateralism, international law, rule-based order and democratic values, the Romanian official pointed out. Bogdan Aurescu said Romania has joined the Coronavirus Global Response initiative, redirecting several of its development assistance programmes to health emergencies reported in some partner states, including in its eastern vicinity and in Sub-Saharan Africa. Moreover, half of Romania's contributions to international development cooperation has been redirected to answer the challenges generated by the coronavirus pandemic.


COVID-19 IN ROMANIA - 1,552 new COVID-19 infections have been reported in the last 24 hours in Romania. Since the outbreak of the pandemic 7 months ago, the number of infections has exceeded 121,000. Some 4,700 people have died to the virus and 500 people are currently in intensive care. Family physicians have recommended the population should take the vaccine against seasonal flu in order to prevent the overlap of influenza and COVID-19. People over 65 years of age suffering from chronic illness, children and elderly in institutional care, medical personnel and pregnant women will be administered the anti-flu shots free of charge as part of a campaign conducted by the Health Ministry.


COVID-19 IN THE WORLD - 2 million COVID-19 casualties, which is double the global death toll at present, is very "probable", unless we do everything in our power to combat the pandemic, the WHO Health Emergencies director, Michael Ryan, has warned. Some 1 million people have died since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in late 2019 in China. 33 million people worldwide have got infected with the new coronavirus.


TENNIS - Two Romanian tennis players outside the WTA Top 100, Monica Niculescu and Irina Bara, have managed to qualify to the Roland Garos main draw, due to start on Sunday. In the first round Niculescu will play Danielle Collins of the United States while Bara will take on Donna Vekić of Croatia. Another five Romanians have been seeded in the main draw at Roland Garros. Simona Halep, world no. 2 and seeded first, will play Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain. In case of a win, Halep will then play the winner of the match pitting another Romanian, Irina Begu, against Jil Teichmann of Switzerland. Patricia Ţig will play Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland, Sorana Cîrstea will go up against Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, while Ana Bogdan will take on Timea Babos of Hungary. Romania will also be represented in the men's and women's doubles.


HANDBALL - Romanian handball club SCM Râmnicu Vâlcea on Saturday lost 30-20 to CSKA Moscow away from home in Champions League Group B. In the previous group fixture, SCM lost to Odense Handbold at home. The other Romanian club in playing in Champions League, CSM Bucharest, has two wins and is top of the tables in Group A. CSM was due to play Rostov-Don of Russia on Sunday at home, but the match was postponed after a COVID-19 infection was reported at the Russian club.

(Translated by V. Palcu)



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