28 September, 2020

28 september, 2020 A roundup of local and international news.

Elections. According to partial results, the incumbent Bucharest mayor and Social Democratic Party member Gabriela Firea lost to Nicuşor Dan, an independent candidate supported by the ruling National Liberal Party and the Save Romania Union. With 95% of votes counted, Dan has won 42.78% and Firea 37.95%. More than 46% of Romanian voters went to the ballots on Sunday to elect 41 county council presidents, over 1,300 county councillors, 40,000 local councillors and some 3,200 mayors. Around the country, the Social Democratic Party is believed to have won 20 county council seats, the National Liberal Party 17 and the Democratic Union of Ethnic Hungarians in Romania 4. The east and the south of the country are still dominated by the Social Democrats and the west by the Liberals. The Save Romania Union has won the mayor races in the cities of Timisoara (in the west), Brasov (in the centre), and Bacau (in the east). The candidate of the Democratic Forum of Ethnic Germans in Romania has won a new term in Sibiu, in the centre.

Coronavirus. 1,271 new coronavirus were reported on Monday in Romania, taking the total number of cases to almost 124,000. 99,344 have recovered. 30 new deaths were also reported on Monday, with the death toll now standing at 4,748. Globally, the pandemic has caused more than 1 million deaths and over 33.3 million infections, according to worldometers.info. Some 25 million people have recovered. The worst hit regions in terms of number of deaths are Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, the United States and Canada. In the US alone, infections have passed 7.3 million and the death toll is nearing 210,000. India also topped 6 million cases on Monday. According to World Health Organisation officials, coronavirus fatalities could double to 2 million before a successful vaccine is widely used, and this figure could be even higher without coordinated measures to contain the pandemic.

Conflict. The European Union and Russia have called for an immediate halt to the armed conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan following disputes over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh. In Bucharest, the Romanian foreign minister Bogdan Aurescu has described the situation as "worrying" and urged Armenia and Azerbaijan to resume political dialogue to find solutions through peaceful means. The two former Soviet states are accusing each other for the violent clashes. Armenia says Azerbaijan on Sunday carried out air and artillery attacks targeting civilian positions and killing two people. Azerbaijan denies the accusation and says its forces launched a counter-offensive against the Armenian forces that bombed Azeri military and civilian positions, killing local residents. The two countries in the Caucasus are engaged in a long-standing dispute over Nagorno-Karabah, a region on Azeri territory but inhabited by a majority Armenian ethnic population. The conflict has caused concern in the West, which fears it could increase instability in the South Caucasus, an area which serves as a corridor for the pipelines carrying crude oil and gas to the world markets.

Tennis. World no. 72 Irina Begu and world no. 2 Simona Halep, both from Romania, will be facing each other in the second round at the French Open, which got under way on Sunday. In the first round, Begu defeated the Swiss player Jil Teichmann, ranked 54th in the world, in three sets, while Halep defeated Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo in straight sets. Halep has so far won all of her seven previous matches against Begu, most recently in August in the semifinals of the Prague tournament, which she went on to win. Halep is in fact seeded first at Roland Garros. Eight Romanian players are in competition in the women's doubles: Raluca Olaru, Monica Niculescu, Irina Begu, Andreea Mitu, Irina Bara, Ana Bogdan, Patricia Ţig and Sorana Cîrstea. In the men's doubles, the Romanian-Dutch pair Horia Tecău and Jean-Julien Rojer, who last year reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros, are seeded 12th this year and will be playing the Chilean-Spanish pair Cristian Garin and Pedro Martinez in their opening match.

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