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Romania's COVID-19 case count rises by 196 to 20,945

Another 196 cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus have been reported in Romania since the last information, bringing the total case count to 20,945, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS) announced on Wednesday. Of the people confirmed positive, 15,103 have been declared cured and discharged. As many as 150 COVID-19 patients are in intensive care.

Romania's COVID-19 death toll rises by 5 to 1,360

Another five people infected with the novel coronavirus have died in Romania, bringing the total death toll to 1,360, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS) reported on Wednesday. These are four men and one woman aged between 54 and 78. AGERPRES (RO - author: Roberto Stan, editor: Mihai Simionescu; EN - editor: Rodica State)

PM Orban: Naval shipyards - a very important component of Romanian economy

Naval shipyards are an "extremely" important component of the Romanian economy with enough competitiveness existing in this economic field that allows the further development of the areas where they are located and of the country, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said on Wednesday in Braila.

Romania bracing for second coronavirus wave

Head of the Emergency Situations Department (DSU) Raed Arafat said on Tuesday evening that preparations are being made at the level of the European Civil Protection for a possible second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, but no one can estimate whether it will be bigger or smaller than it is today.

Romania's State of Alert is Extended

Romania's state of alert in place since May 15 to fight the new coronavirus must be extended by another 30 days until the middle of July, President Klaus Iohannis said on Tuesday.

Gloomy outlook for households

Two in every three households in Greece are in a worse financial state compared to six months ago due to the coronavirus pandemic's impact on the economy, according to a survey by Intrum.

Greece's 67% rate - matching Romania's - was the highest of the 24 countries that researchers at the Sweden-based credit management services company surveyed, far above the European average of 48%.

PSD's Ciolacu: Hospitals must be urgently reopened in conditions of safety for chronic patients

The interim chair of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Marcel Ciolacu, stated on Tuesday that hospitals must be urgently reopened in conditions of safety for chronic patients, schools must be prepared to resume classes in the fall, and Parliament must be a dialogue partner for local authorities, regardless of political colour.

Orban, at videoconference with EU states' ambassadors: Now, our motto is "Economy before anything else!"

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban stated, on Tuesday, during an exchange of opinions with the ambassadors of the member states of the EU in Bucharest regarding the way to manage the pandemic crisis on the continent, that "now, when from a healthcare point of view things are starting to re-enter normality, the motto of the Government is 'The economy before anything else!'".

Romania's COVID-19 deaths hit 1,353

Another eight people infected with the novel coronavirus have died in Romania, taking the number of COVID-19 fatalities to 1,353, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS) announced on Tuesday.

Proposed Romanian Defence Strategy Defines Russia as ‘Aggressive’

An official document outlining Romania's National Defence Strategy for the period from 2020 to 2024 that was signed by President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday cites Russia's "aggression" and its "violation of the rules of international law" as some of Bucharest's main security concerns.

Romania's COVID-19 case count rises by 145 to 20,749

Another 145 cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus have been reported in Romania since the last information, bringing the total case count to 20,749, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS), the official novel coronavirus communication task force, announced on Tuesday at noon. Of the people confirmed positive, 14,910 have been declared cured and discharged.

Romania's COVID-19 death toll rises by 2 to 1,345

Another two people infected with the novel coronavirus have died in Romania, bringing the total death toll to 1,345, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS) reported on Monday. These are one man aged 58 and one woman aged 71. AGERPRES (RO - author: Roberto Stan, editor: Claudia Stanescu; EN - editor: Rodica State)

Romania's economy advances 2.4pct in Q1 2020 mainly on household consumption

The annual growth of Romania's economy in the first quarter of 2020 - 2.4% unadjusted and 2.7% when seasonally adjusted series, was mainly due to the household final consumption expenditure, which volume increased by 3.8%, contributing 2.5% to GDP growth, according to provisional data with the National Institute of Statistics (INS) released on Tuesday.

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