Posts published in Day: March 19, 2020

Coronavirus in Lithuania: 41 confirmed cases

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Five more cases of the  coronavirus   were diagnosed in Lithuania on Thursday evening, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 41. Three of the patients diagnosed with Covid-19 on Thursday evening returned from Turkey, the UK and northern Italy. The fourth person was infected after coming in close contact with a person in Lithuania. The fifth case is a medical worker in Ukmergė, northwestern Lithuania.Out of the seven…

Latvian government announces support measures for business

Thursday, March 19, 2020

The Latvian cabinet on Thursday endorsed the Finance Ministry’s bill on measures for overcoming the crisis caused by the coronavirus Covid-19, and its effect on businesses, which encompasses a comprehensive set of state support measures, including benefits that will be paid to employees laid off by companies, reported the LETA newswire. Finance Minister Jānis Reirs told reporters after the cabinet meeting that the measures provided “unprecedented help” and applied to all…

Pandemic tip: see something, say something

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Not complying with the emergency measures and restrictions implemented as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic can endanger your own health and the health of others, so if you know of any specific, serious violations, you should call 110 , according to the Latvian State Police. Among other things, the measures implemented on March 14 restrict the organization of public events and impose self-isolation measures for all those returning from…

Coronavirus: Lithuanian authorities allow home treatment

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Two new  coronavirus   cases were diagnosed in Lithuania on Thursday, the Health Ministry said, bringing the country’s total to 36. Meanwhile, patients with mild cases of the  coronavirus   will also be allowed home treatment. One of the diagnosed patients returned from Norway via Latvia and the other one from Spain, the ministry said. Both have been isolated in Klaipėda University Hospital. Another patient, diagnosed on Wednesday night, is…

China gifts medical masks to Lithuania

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Thousands of medical masks and gloves were sent off from China to Lithuania, the Chinese Embassy said. Meanwhile a local company employing prison inmates has started producing reusable masks in Panevėžys. “It’s a gift from Huawei and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce,” the Chinese Embassy in Vilnius told BNS. The shipment is transported, free of charge, by a KlasJet aircraft owned by Avia Solutions Group. “The plane just took off.…

Lithuanian PM: Food price controls an option, though shortages unlikely

Thursday, March 19, 2020

The government may introduce price controls, if food prices rise during the  coronavirus   quarantine, but so far it does not seem likely, Lithuania’s Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said after meeting with retailers. “I’d like to calm down the people of Lithuania. We have been fully reassured that there’s no reason to panic about food supply,” Skvernelis told reporters, responding to fears that the country may face shortages of essential…

Latvia: Major beverage producer to start making disinfectant

Thursday, March 19, 2020

The Latvian alcoholic beverage producer Latvijas Balzams will start producing hand-and-surface disinfectant to ensure domestic availability during the coronavirus outbreak, the company told the press March 19. Production of Virudes, a disinfectant gel manufactured as per World Health Organization guidelines, is to start within the next few days. It will first be available in four-liter packaging. “In neighboring countries such as Lithuania and Estonia alcohol manufacturers are likewise ensuring disinfectant availability,”…

Latvia: 5,000 pupils to get smart devices for remote studies

Thursday, March 19, 2020

About 3%, or 5,000 of Latvia’s school-age students have neither a computer at home, nor a smartphone with internet access, making remote studies impossible. A public-private partnership between tech companies and the Education Ministry will however seek to provide these students with smart devices to ensure they can still study during the coronavirus outbreak. The ministry told the press March 19 that private partners LMT and Bite will provide a total of 5,266…

Lithuanian president backs eurozone’s ‘coronavirus bonds’

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Lithuanian president backs the idea of joint borrowing by eurozone countries to finance economic rescue plan in the wake of the  coronavirus   epidemic. According to Simonas Krėpšta, an adviser to President Gitanas Nausėda, EU leaders discussed the prospect of issuing the so-called ‘coronavirus bonds’ at their teleconference summit earlier this week. “While the idea was not the main topic of the meeting, it was rather well received by the…

Anthropologist claims information gap between Latvian and Russian speakers

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Russian speakers didn’t receive news about the state of emergency in Latvia as fast as Latvian speakers did, said Aivita Putniņa, a professor of anthropology at the University of Latvia in an interview with Latvian Radio March 19. “This is an interesting time for anthropologists, as we can observe the public, we can observe the practical values and priorities we have,” she said. According to Putniņa, people who speak languages other than…