Posts published in Day: March 13, 2020

Coronavirus confirmed total reaches 18 in Latvia

Friday, March 13, 2020

An additional case of COVID-19 coronavirus was confirmed Friday afternoon, bringing the total to 18 cases have been confirmed so far in Latvia. One case was confirmed at the start of the day, as previously reported by LSM. The additional case was confirmed as positive later in the day. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) informed journalists that the latest patient is known to have returned recently from France.  Specialists are…

As fighting in Ukraine escalates, reporters are silenced – opinion

Friday, March 13, 2020

For days, Russian-supplied anti-tank missiles have been hitting Ukrainian forces all along the frontline. As the fighting intensified, journalists stood barred from reporting on one of the deadliest weeks in the six-year conflict in Eastern Ukraine. Since March 6, six Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 28 wounded, mostly from the anti-tank missiles not seen in action since the height of the fighting in 2014 and 2015. On Thursday, Ukrainian…

Lithuanian president: Closing borders a possibility

Friday, March 13, 2020

Closing Lithuania’s borders to prevent the spread of the coronavirus is a possibility that can be considered, according to the country’s president. “Border closures might be considered among options,” Gitanas Nausėda told reporters after a meeting of the State Defence Council on Friday. The president also called on people not to panic. “Really, do not succumb to panic and try to limit your movement as much as possible. Stop listening…

Lithuania confirms 3 new coronavirus cases

Friday, March 13, 2020

Three people in Lithuania have been diagnosed with the coronavirus on Friday, the Ministry of Health has announced. A Spanish national and two Lithuanians have reportedly been exposed to the virus abroad. All the three cases are of the disease contracted abroad, Minister of Health Aurelijus Veryga has told reporters on Friday. “That means we are not moving into another phase where the virus is spreading inside our population,” he said. One…

Most Lithuanians happy with alcohol sale restrictions – survey

Friday, March 13, 2020

Slightly more than half of Lithuanians say they are satisfied with the current restrictions on alcohol sale, a survey commissioned by the country’s Drug, Tobacco and Alcohol Control Department shows. Fifty-one percent of those surveyed had a positive opinion about the existing restrictions, while 39 percent thought otherwise. The respective shares were 48 and 47 percent in 2018. The government shortened alcohol selling hours, raised legal drinking age to 20…

Helga Zepp-LaRouche Calls for Canceling NATO’s “Defender Europe-2020” Military Exercises

By Helga Zepp-LaRouche on Friday, March 13, 2020

“We need to stop the present NATO maneuvers in Eastern Europe, the Defender Europe-2020 military exercise involving close to 40,000 troops,” Schiller Institute founder Helga Zepp- LaRouche stated yesterday in her weekly international webcast. “Obviously, the virus will not stop in front of the military. And to have these kinds of things going on, when you have an immediate health threat to the population, is really something which doesn’t make any sense.…

Latvian government announces billion-euro support for businesses hit by coronavirus

Friday, March 13, 2020

Latvian policymakers on March 13 said a billion-euro fund was being made available to assist businesses through the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis. The billion-euro figure is the amount that could potentially be used as “financial instruments” for businesses via the state-owned ALTUM development bank. Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš, flanked by Finance Minister Janis Reirs and central bank governor Martiņš Kazāks, stressed that the money would not take the form of grants but…

All schools in Estonia to close from Monday

Friday, March 13, 2020

The government’s crisis committee decided on Thursday that all schools of Estonia will shut down from Monday, according the “Aktuaalne kaam” Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps said that starting Monday, all schools, hobby schools, vocational schools and universities will be closed. This means that learning will switch to home and distance learning. Kindergartens will remain open, but the government advises parents to leave children home if possible. Whether…

US, British soldiers fall in Iraq; US attacks militia group

Friday, March 13, 2020

In Iraq, a rocket attack has hit a US military base killing two American and one British soldiers. The US has conducted air strikes against what its coalition forces called Iran-backed fighters. The Camp Taji military base near Baghdad, hosts foreign soldiers from the US-led international coalition against IS. Their mission is to train and advise Iraqi security forces. A coalition statement announced that on Wednesday, March 11, Camp Taji…

COVID-19 emergency measures in Latvia

Friday, March 13, 2020

Below is the text outlining of the Latvian government’s emergency measures regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus. The document is also attached as a world document at the bottom of the text. In the light of the statement by the World Health Organization of 11 March 2020 that COVID-19 has been confirmed as pandemic and based on Section 4, Paragraph one, Sub-clause ‘e’ of the Civil Protection and Disaster Management Law, and…