Thursday, November 19th

Romania reports a record number of COVID-19 cases

Romanian authorities have announced 10,108 COVID-19 cases on Thursday, after almost 37,000 tests were performed in the last 24 hours. The overall number of infections since the start of the pandemic has reached 393,000, but almost 70% of the patients recovered. The majority of the nwe cases were recorded in Bucharest – 1,473. There were also 167 deaths and 1,131 patients are currently admitted to intensive care.

The Romanian Foreign Minister has spoken by telephone with NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

The Romanian Foreign Minister Bodgan Aurescu has had a telephonic discussion with NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on the priorities of the upcoming summit of the alliance’s foreign ministers. According to a statement, Jens Stoltenberg has thanked Romania for its role within NATO, including for the 2% contribution of the GDP for defense and for hosting the Deveselu anti-missile defense system. Bogdan Aurescu has reaffirmed Romania’s firm engagement to NATO and also the need that the alliance keeps an eye on the security situation at the Black Sea.

President Klaus Iohannis says that the Romanian economy is recovering

The Romanian President, Klaus Iohannis, has said that the country’s economy is recovering, but the aim is a more sustained growth. The president underlined that certain payments to the state budget had been postponed, which led to a budget deficit.
Klaus Iohannis: The economy has recovered, but we don’t want to strangle this recovery. On the contrary, we want to encourage the economy to grow more and faster. To this aim, certain payments kept being postponed and several support programs have been created for certain sectors. So, as the economy recovers, we have allowed the businesses to postpone certain debts, so this money did not enter the state budget. Is is also obvious that these much needed support programs were made using budget funds.

Mădălina Brotăcel, RADOR