Monday, April 18 2022

Holy Week in Romania

Romanian Christian Orthodox and Greek Catholic Christians in Romania entered the Holy Week – the most sacred week in the lithurgical year in Christianity. In Estern Churches, Holy Week starts actually on the evening of Palm Sunday. Fasting during the Holy Week is very strict – dairy and meat products are strictly forbidden, and on most days, no alcohol and no cooking oil are allowed. The Holy Week also includes the Holy Wednesday, the Holy Thursday and the Good Friday – the darkest day of the Holy Week.

Expressway opening announced

First kilometers of an expressway in Romania will open for traffic on Thursday, according to a statement issued by officials of the country’s Transport Ministry on Monday. The announcement refers to a 18-kilometer road which is part of a future motorway linking the southern cities of Craiova and Pitești. The new road connects Pielești in southern Dolj county and Piatra Olt, in neighbouring Olt county also including the town of Balș. Romania has one of the shortest motorway networks in the European Union, with just 806 km throughout the whole country. According to the World Economic Forum, the country still has the worst infrastructure of any EU state 15 years after joining the bloc.

BNR’s Old Palace opens to visitors

Romania’s National Bank (BNR) opens its Old Palace to visitors on Monday on the occasion of its 142th anniversary. Regional branches and BNR agencies across Romania will also stay open to visitors on Monday and Tuesday. Visitors have an opportunity to watch a permanent exhibition of the BNR Museum including a gold bar of the BNR reserve, and another two temporary exhibitions – ‘King Michael’s 100th Anniversary’ and ‘Ecaterina Teodoroiu – the WW1 Heroine’.

Romania: Coronavirus updates

Romania reported 686 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, which is 104 cases more than the previous day, with 3 death (1 man and 2 women), and 235 people under intensive care, which is 8 less than figures reported a day before. In the capital Bucharest, the number of cases hit 198, according to data issuned by the country’s Strategic Communication Group (GSC). With its 198 cases, Bucharest still leads among other regions in the country, followed by northern county of Maramureș (62 cases), north-western county of Cluj (39 cases),  and western county of Timiș (30 cases)

Alexandru Danga