Posts published in Day: March 20, 2020

Coronavirus updates: 14 new cases, including doctor at Santaros Clinics

Friday, March 20, 2020

Fourteen cases of Covid-14 were confirmed in Lithuania on Friday evening, and include a doctor from Santaros Clinics in Vilnius. Two people were infected with the coronavirus after coming in contact with a person who recently came from abroad. Another three cases were confirmed in the drive-in testing points. Another nine cases were confirmed in people who recently came from abroad. In all, Lithuania has 63 confirmed coronavirus cases. Earlier…

Prosecutor General calls for religious sect to be shut down

Friday, March 20, 2020

Prosecutor General Ēriks Kalnmeiers has submitted a demand to the Vidzeme Regional Court that the First Evangelical Jesus Congregation (Pirmā Evanģēliskā Jēzus draudze) cease operations, according to a press release on March 20. Kalmeiers came to this decision after evaluating a letter and investigative materials from the  State Security Service   (VDD). The basis for calling for an end to the organization’s activity were the criminal case factors surrounding the…

Lithuanians can return home via Belarus – FM Linkevičius

Friday, March 20, 2020

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said on Friday that the country’s citizens can return home via Minsk, Belarus, as those arriving by plane do not require a visa. “Those who arrive by plane, they don’t need visas. They can further travel to Lithuania,” said Linkevičius after holding a phone conversation with his Belarusian counterpart, Vladimir Makei. “The call took place at his initiative,” Linkevičius told BNS, adding that Makei thanked…

Penguins take a stroll in Lithuania’s closed Sea Museum – video

Friday, March 20, 2020

Lithuania’s Sea Museum in Klaipėda may be closed to human visitors, but its penguin residents enjoy having the empty halls all to themselves. Eighteen penguins currently living in Klaipėda were let loose to have a walk in the closed museum which was shut due to the coronavirus quarantine, according to a press release. Two years ago, the Lithuanian Sea Museum purchased eight Humboldt penguins – five males and three females…

Around 32,000 businesses in Lithuania offered tax breaks

Friday, March 20, 2020

Lithuania’s State Tax Inspectorate (VMI) has published a list of 32,000 businesses directly affected by the  coronavirus   crisis, which will be eligible for tax breaks. Listed business will be able to request interest-free tax loans, will be exempt from interest charged on tax arrears, as well as tax recovery, according to Edita Janušiene, the head of VMI.The tax-break period begins on March 16 and will last until the state…

Flashmob applause thanks Latvian emergency workers

Friday, March 20, 2020

A Facebook event simply titled “Sakām Paldies” (“Say Thanks”) invites Latvians to a nightly flashmob thanking all those continuing their crucial work during the state of emergency, according to the event description first posted on March 19. “Today at 21:00 let’s open windows, pause for 30 seconds and say “Thank you!” and applaud our medics, police, teachers, pharmacists, salespeople and news journalists and everyone who keeps going despite the circumstances,”…

Lithuania buying 2m respirators and 6m masks from China

Friday, March 20, 2020

Lithuania is buying almost 2 million respirators from China, with the shipment expected to be delivered within two weeks, Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said on Friday.  “This is the largest quantity Lithuania has ever had,” Veryga told LRT. “This quantity will be enough to provide respirators to health workers who are not dealing directly with infected or suspected patients, too.” Veryga said the procurement documents were finalised on Thursday. He…

Telecoms networks strained as more people remain home

Friday, March 20, 2020

Internet networks are seeing some strain during the emergency as usage is up during the coronavirus pandemic, reported Latvian Radio March 20. According to Uldis Tatarčuks, Technology Director at the Tet telecoms operator, traffic has increased 10% as more people are staying home during the outbreak. “We notice that while earlier usage tended to peak from 6 to 11 p.m., currently the load doesn’t increase in the evening but is now more…

NATO expects allies to maintain defence spending despite virus

Friday, March 20, 2020

As Europe has become the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, NATO is scaling down its military exercises to avoid a further spread but will continue its missions, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told a video news conference on Thursday (19 march). “Some of our exercises have been modified or cancelled … but our forces remain ready,” Stoltenberg told reporters in a first-ever virtual briefing. Before the announcements, Europe was preparing for what…

Lithuanian defence minister targeted again

Friday, March 20, 2020

A falsified email was sent to the NATO press office on Friday, alleging that Lithuanian  Defence   Minister Raimundas Karoblis is asking the US to continue large-scale military drills despite the Cov-19 pandemic. The fake press release featured a falsified Lithuanian defence ministry email address and claimed to be signed by a serving Lithuanian military officer, Laimis Bratikas. The email attempted to portray the Lithuanian leadership disregarding the threat posed…