Posts published in Day: March 18, 2020

Call for retailers to avoid price-fixing and profiteering during crisis

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Authorities for consumer rights and competition in Latvia have called on businesses to act in good faith during the emergency situation and not indulge in unjustified price hikes and profiteering. “The Consumer Rights Protection Centre of Latvia (PTAC) and the Competition Council of Latvia (KP) call entrepreneurs to act in good faith during the emergency situation announced in Latvia due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Entrepreneurs must refrain from using this situation…

Truck drivers exempted from 14-day self-isolation in Lithuania

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Long-haul truck drivers transporting goods will be exempt from the requirement to self-isolate for two weeks after returning to Lithuania from abroad, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Wednesday. Truckers will only have to self-isolate for the period between the trips, even if it is less than 14 days, Skvernelis said. “The decision is as follows: they will have to self-isolate on their return from abroad, but if they do…

Shopping trips for elderly and free food – solidarity in time of crisis

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Lithuanians are coming together to cope with the  coronavirus   quarantine. People are offering to do shopping for their elderly neighbours while several restaurants are delivering free food to doctors. “If you’re over 60, have chronic diseases, had to isolate yourself for 14 days, or are alone with small children and no one to assist you, we can help,” says an ad in one of Vilnius apartment blocks. Neighbours are…

The green way to ventilate rooms

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other institutions are urging people to ventilate rooms at work, in school and at home, so it’s important to ventilate rooms in the correct way to release CO² and minimize risk of disease transmission, according to a Latvian Television broadcast on March 17. Apparently, despite prevalence, leaving the window open a crack isn’t the smartest option, as heating the outside…

Lithuania will restrict domestic movement if coronavirus gets out of hand

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

If the spread of Covid-19 gets out of hand in Lithuania, the police are ready to restrict people’s movement within the country in order to isolate most affected areas, Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said on Wednesday. Lithuania closed its borders to foreigners on Monday and called a nationwide coronavirus quarantine, although people are not forbidden to leave home or travel inside the country. “If we see an unmanageable rise [of…

Politician and former anti-graft official Strīķe passes away

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

On March 18, Juta Strīķe, a politician and former high-profile anti-corruption official died after an illness, the LETA news agency reported. Strīķe was the head of the Saeima Legal Affairs Committee but was best known publicly for her work as the deputy head of Latvia’s anti-graft office, the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB). The news was confirmed by New Conservative Party leader, Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns, who offered condolences…

Lithuania limits over-the-counter medicine sales during quarantine

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Shoppers will only be able to purchase one pack of any over-the-counter medicine or disinfectant product during the quarantine period, the Lithuanian Health Ministry said on Wednesday. This applies to medicines that contain the same active substance and are of the same strength and pharmaceutical form. Restrictions were also imposed on sales of disinfectant products. Some pharmacies in Vilnius have already limited the amount of disinfectant spray and cleaner to…

New hotline number for COVID-19 testing service: 8303

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

A new telephone number, 8303 , has been introduced in Latvia, which patients will be able to call in the future to apply for state-funded Covid-19 tests, the State Emergency Medical Service (NMPD) said March 18. Anyone returning from overseas who developes mild symptoms of suspected COVID-19 for at least two days should call  8303  . The hotline will be open every day from 09:00 until 18:00. Operators on the line will register the…

Charter flights from Spain, Lithuania extends humanitarian corridor

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Hundreds of Lithuanians will be flown back to Vilnius on two chartered flights from Tenerife. The flights have been organised by the Lithuanian government in cooperation with Tez Tour. The two flights are scheduled from Tenerife’s southern airport after midday local time, and the planes are scheduled to land in Vilnius before 21:00.  Read more:  Coronavirus updates: Over 900 tests done in Lithuania, clinic employee diagnosed with virus Inga Aukštuolytė,…

Lithuanians greet quarantine with Eurovision song and applause

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

People in Vilnius have joined their quarantined counterparts in Italy with a Eurovision twist. On Fire, a song by Lithuania’s Eurovision hopefuls The Roop, echoed in the Fabijoniškės district in Vilnius following the initiative of one local resident, Simonas Indrašius. “I thought, why not try to entertain the nation a little bit,” Indrašius told LRT.lt on Wednesday. “I saw similar actions where people clap for the medical workers around the…