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COVID-19 pandemic. 2.3 million people will receive free face masks in Romania from government

Romania’s health minister says 2.3 million people in Romania will receive free masks for two months after it became compulsory to wear face coverings in public places to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Health Minister Nelu Tartaru said the government had passed an emergency law late Thursday that qualifies people on low incomes, some retirees and...

For fifth day in a row, coronavirus cases drop to below 200 in Romania

Romanian authorities reported 198 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, the fifth day in a row when there have been fewer than 200 cases. The Strategic Communication Group said the total number of coronavirus cases in Romania has now risen to 17,585. By Thursday evening, the number of reported deaths had...

COVID-19 pandemic sees a rise in online antisemitism in Romania, Holocaust group says

The Elie Wiesel National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania says the coronavirus pandemic has led to an escalation of virtual antisemitism in Romania, and conspiracy theories about the Jews are rife again.  “In recent months, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been articles claiming that Jews...

Romanian archbishop reschedules Easter due to COVID-19 pandemic

A Romanian Orthodox archbishop will offer believers an opportunity to celebrate Easter more than a month late. The Archdiocese of Tomis, which is in Romania’s eastern Black Sea region, said it would reschedule Easter vigil on the night of May 26-27 after Orthodox worshipers were unable to attend outdoor services at the proper time due...

Romania to cover a part of gross wages to support jobs post-lockdown

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Romania’s government says it will tap European Union funds to support jobs after a two-month lockdown to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.  Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said his Liberal minority government will grant companies resuming operations up to 41.5% of gross wages for every employee returning to work.

Romania’s ambassador to Germany says labor legislation will change after protests by Romanian farmhands and meat processing workers

Protests by Romanian farmhands and workers at slaughterhouses in Germany will result in changes to Germany’s labor legislation, Romania's ambassador to Germany says. Workers have demonstrated against poor living and working conditions, the last protest being in Bonn on Tuesday when strawberry pickers marched through the city, and stopped in front of the Romanian...

President Klaus Iohannis fined for saying politicians plotting to give ‘Transylvania to the Hungarians’ Romanian leader calls decision political, will contest fine

Romania’s anti-discrimination council on Wednesday voted to fine President Klaus Iohannis 5,000 lei for comments he made about Romanian politicians plotting to give part of Transylvania to the Hungarians. The National Council for Combating Discrimination agreed Wednesday that statements made by Iohannis last month on a bill to establish an autonomous area where many...

US Ambassador to Romania: criminal groups launching cyber-attacks targeting hospitals trying to find COVID-19 cure

U.S. Ambassador to Romania, Adrian Zuckerman has warned that criminal groups are launching cyber-attacks targeting institutions and hospitals trying to find a cure for the coronavirus. Speaking at a webinar with Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu on Tuesday, the ambassador said the U.S. was “united with Romania in defeating these cyber-attacks and prosecuting the...

Romanian archbishop who explained orthodoxy to the masses, fought to recover stolen church land, and collaborated with Securitate dies of coronavirus

Romanian Archbishop Pimen whose charitable works, fight to recover church land seized by the communists and decades of service were soured by his collaboration with the communist-era Securitate, has died after catching the coronavirus at the age of 90. Pimen, who real name was Vasile Zainea, died early Wednesday at the Matei Bals Hospital for Infectious Diseases...

Romanian president hits out at fake coronavirus news which ‘distorts evidence, erodes the state’s authority, cultivates mistrust’

’Romanian President Klaus Iohannis slammed the spread of fake news about the coronavirus which “distorts evidence and erode the state’s responsibility” and makes it more difficult to control the spread of the virus. Iohannis said Tuesday there were “all kinds of irresponsible people spreading…. either due to ignorance… or deliberate disinformation … all kinds...

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