Situation of COVID-19 cases in Romania

  • Romania continues to register over 3,000 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours: 3,186 new cases of COVID-19 infections have been reported in Romania in the past 24 hours, a new concerning record since the debut of the coronavirus pandemic. 52 Romanians infected with COVID-19 have died in the past day. The total number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 is 8,772, of whom 613 are at intensive care.
  • Bucharest Prefect: It is possible to quarantine districts if the incidence rate of COVID-19 increases: The Bucharest Prefect commented on the incidence rate and potential restrictions.

Politics

 

  • Head of emergency services: RO could make masks mandatory in all public sites if Covid-19 cases keep increasing: Mask wearing on city streets could become compulsory in the country if the number of Covid-19 cases remains high, said Raed Arafat, the head of Romania’s Emergency Services Department.
  • Romanians will no longer be able to enter the UK with their RO ID cards in one year: Romanians who want to travel to the United Kingdom will no longer be allowed to enter the country using their national ID cards starting October 2021. The measure won’t affect Romanians living in the UK if they have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme to remain in the country after Brexit, but will apply to tourists and other visitors. Over 600,000 Romanians living in the UK have applied for the EU Settlement Scheme which allows them to stay in the country after Brexit and later apply for residence.
  • Romania to recall its ambassador from Belarus in protest against the Lukashenko regime: Romania is to recall its ambassador from Belarus, Viorel Mosanu, in solidarity with Poland and Lithuania, accused by the Lukashenko regime of interference in the domestic policy of his country. The two countries have withdrawn their ambassadors from Belarus, followed by Czechia, Estonia, Latvia, Germany and Bulgaria.
  • ForMin Aurescu, on Navalny poisoning: EU must have solid response: Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu says the poisoning of the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is a “grave violation of international law” to which the European Union must have a solid response.
  • PM Orban asks IntMin Vela to increase number of policemen in civilian clothes and answer to Ombudsman: Prime Minister Ludovic Orban on Thursday asked Minister of Interior Marcel Vela to increase the number of policemen who operate in civilian clothes and to give a “proper answer” on this topic to the Ombudsman. Prime Minister Ludovic Orban asked the Minister of Interior, Marcel Vela, to establish a TELVERDE line [a free of charge phone line – editor’s note] where the citizens will be able to signal such violations of the rules meant for health protection. PM Orban has resumed his activities at the Government after receiving his second negative test for infection on Thursday morning.
  • At GLOBSEC forum, ForMin Aurescu addresses impact of COVID-19 pandemic on global trends: Romania’s Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu on Thursday attended virtually the GLOBSEC Global Security Forum organised in Bratislava, Slovakia, addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global trends.
  • Italian officials decorated by President Iohannis: On Thursday, President Klaus Iohannis signed the decree on the decoration of the head of the Department of Civil Protection under the Presidency of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic, Angelo Borrelli, and of the General Director of the Italian Institute for Auxology, Mario Colombo. President Klaus Iohannis also signed the decree on the decoration of Marco Tronchetti Provera, Executive Vice President and CEO of the Pirelli group.
  • President Iohannis welcomes incoming ambassadors of France, Czech Republic, Bangladesh: President Klaus Iohannis on Thursday, welcomed the incoming ambassadors to Romania of Bangladesh, Daud Ali; the Czech Republic, Halka Kaiserova, and France, Laurence Auer, at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace to receive their letters of credence.
  • Impact on the economy
  • US will finance USD 8 bln project for expanding Romania’s Cernavoda nuclear power plant:The US will finance the refurbishing of the first reactor at Romania’sCernavoda nuclear power plantand the construction of units 3 and 4.
  • FinMin on GDP: There is very good data to support basic scenario with V-shaped recovery of economy: The National Institute for Statistics (INS) has revised upwardly, by 0.2 percentage points, the GDP dynamic in the second quarter of 2020, announced, on Friday, the Minister of Finance, Florin Citu, on his Facebook page, mentioning that “there is very good data to support the basic scenario of a V-shaped recovery of the economy in the third quarter of 2020.”, according to Agerpres.
  • Average net earnings down 2.9 pct in August, to 3,275 lei: The average nominal gross salary in August was 5,337 lei, with 131 lei (2.4 pct) lower than in July 2020, while the net nominal average amounted to 3,275 lei, down from 97 lei (2.9 pct), shows data published on Friday by the National Statistics Institute (INS), according to Agerpres.
  • Romania kicks off COVID-19 microgrants scheme for SMEs: Romania’s Economy Ministry will open on Monday, October 12, the applications for microgrants aimed at helping local SMEs and individual enterprises (PFA) affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Within this scheme, the state will distribute EUR 2,000 microgrants to SMEs that had no employees in 2019, PFAs in selected economic sectors impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and NGOs involved in helping COVID-19 patients and hospitals. The total budget for this scheme is EUR 100 million, with most of the money coming from the EU budget. The financing agreement for the granting of 1 billion euros for SMEs, through the Competitiveness Operational Programme (POC), was signed on Thursday by the Minister of European Funds, Marcel Bolos, and the Minister of Economy, Energy and Business Environment, Virgil Popescu.
  • Continental’s Romanian division involved in 5G port management project: German group Continental’s research and development center in Timisoara will provide technological solutions for the ports of Hamburg and Koper, within the 5G-LOGINNOV project that aims to develop 5G technologies for port management. The project is financed from the European Union budget. The Romanian tech center will develop devices for collecting and transmitting data from vehicles operating in these ports, used as testing laboratories for new generations of 5G technologies.
  • RO tax inspectors begin scrutinizing grey online retail market: Romania’s tax collection body (ANAF) has launched operation “Mercury,” the largest-scale action yet to verify undeclared revenues from untaxed e-commerce, News.ro reported. Online sales through reputable platforms have sky-rocketed but the trade with counterfeit goods or operated by shell companies also intensified, ANAF said.
  • Report: JC Flowers buys Bank Leumi Romania at 50% discount: Romanian lender First Bank, controlled by the American investment fund JC Flowers, derived a profit of some EUR 23 mln from the purchase of Bank Leumi Romania in 2019, according to its 2019 P&L statement, quoted by Ziarul Financiar. First Bank bought a 99.9% stake in Bank Leumi Romania RON 90.5 mln (EUR 19 mln).
  • Romania on S&P’s list of potential “falling angels”: Romania, alongside Colombia and 117 companies, are on the list of debtors at risk of being downgraded to the “junk” category, also dubbed as “falling angels,” by international rating agency S&P. Alexandra Dimitrijevic, S&P’s Global Head of Research mentioned this in an interview given to Reuters and quoted by major Romanian publications. In Romania’s case, S&P is expected to issue a country update on December 4, two days before critical general elections expected to mark an upturn in the fiscal and budgetary policies for avoiding the otherwise imminent downgrade.
  • More than 60 political, business and civil society leaders from across Europe debate at EUROSFAT 2020: More than 60 political, business and non-governmental leaders discuss the main themes of the EU’s recovery plan – sustainable development, digitalisation and the European Green Deal, at the 8th edition of EUROSFAT, a forum organized between 12 -16 October by the EUROPULS – Centre of European Expertise. Speakers include personalities such as Ludovic Orban, Dacian Cioloș, Laura Codruța Kövesi, Emil Boc, Dominic Fritz, Allen Coliban.