President Klaus Iohannis has congratulated US President-elect Joe Biden
The Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has sent a congratulations message to the newly elected president of the United States, Joe Biden, reaffirming Romania’s commitment to the common goals of strategic security, defense and economy. He has also underlined that Romania, as a NATO Ally, remains committed to pay its share of defense spending and stands by the US in facing the current challenges in areas such as health, economy, climate change, security and human rights. The Romanian head of state has said he is looking forward to the celebration of 10 years since the Joint Declaration on the Strategic Partnership for the 21st Century between Romania and the United States, adopted during Joe Biden’s term as Vice President, in 2021.
In Romania, stricter measures have come into force to limit the spread of COVID-19
More severe restrictions have come into force in Romania on Monday to limit the spread of the new coronavirus. The mask is now mandatory everywhere in the public space, schools have moved online, and a night time curfew is in place all over the country. Also, indoor markets are closing nationwide, and local authorities are trying to set up outdoor spaces for selling fruits and vegetables. The Obor Market, one of the largest in Bucharest, remained open, but with special protection measures in place.
Romania has topped 300,000 COVID-19 cases reported since the pandemic started
Romania has crossed the mark of 300,000 COVID-19 cases recorded since the start of the pandemic. On Sunday, authorities reported 6,752 cases, out of around 21,500 tests performed in 24 hours. Most cases – 1.283 were in Bucharest, followed by the county of Prahova, where 749 new infections were recorded. On Monday, 3,240 new COVID-19 infections were reported, out of more than 11,000 tests performed in the last 24 hours, meaning a 28% postivity rate. Most cases were also in the capital – 889, followed by the counties of Prahova and Constanta, with around 600 cases each. 130 deaths were reported in the last day, among them a child younger than 9. Out of more than 12,000 people hospitalized with COVID-19, 1,067 are in a critical condition in Intensive Care.
Mădălina Brotăcel, RADOR