Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Romania’s coronavirus updates

Romania reported 10,269 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, according to data issued by the country’s Strategic Communication Group (GCS) on Wednesday. The number of deaths hit 168 (102 men and 66 women) while the number of pacients recovered hit 261,387. Romanian Police and Gendarmerie have fined 7,768 people for violating provisions in Law 55/2020 on measures designed to prevent and combat COVID-19 effects, with a total of RON 1,357,090. In the last 24 hours, the country’s emergency call service 112 registered 5,494 messages.

Ruling of Romania’s Constitutional Court

Romania’s Constitutional Court unanimously rejected on Wednesday appeals contesting the appointment of Florin Iordache as president of the country’s Legislative Council, Radio Romania reports. The court ruled that appeals put forward by the governing right-wing National Liberal Party (PNL) and Save Romania Union (USR) were unfounded. A similar ruling was issued in the case of George Dircă, the USR proposal as head of the Department for Official Evidence and Documents. Meanwhile, Mr Iordache told the Permanent Bureau in Romania’s lower house that he was already sworn in as head of the council – a life tenure – on November 9. Mr Iordache was a Justice Minister who resigned in 2017 after his decree on corruption triggered a week of street protests, and international criticism.

Actress Draga Olteanu Matei dies at 87

Romania’s hugely acclaimed actress Draga Olteanu Matei has died early on Wednesday. She was 87. Draga Olteanu Matei died at the St. Spiridon Hospital in Romania’s north-eastern town of Iassy. Born on October 24, 1933, Draga Olteanu Matei was one of Romania’s most beloved film and stage actresses. Her filmography includes some 90 films while her theatrical career is related to the I.L Caragiale National Theatre in the capital Bucharest where she played tens of parts in such plays as Vasile Alecsandri’s Coana Chiritza, and Alexandru Kiritzescu’s Gaițele (The Magpies, also known as The Wasp Nest, a movie starring Tamara Buciuceanu, another Romanian film and theatre icon, released in 1986). Funerals of Draga Olteanu Matei are schedulued at the Eternity Cemetery in the north-eastern Moldavian town of Piatra Nemtz on Sunday, November 22.

Alexandru Danga