Posts published in Day: March 23, 2020

Coronavirus: 160 confirmed cases, quarantine to be extended

Monday, March 23, 2020

Seventeen new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Lithuania, taking the total to 160, the Health Ministry said on Monday evening. Some of the new cases were people who recently returned from abroad, and others, including a member of the medical staff at Vilnius’ Šeškinė Polyclinic, contracted the virus from an infected person. Meanwhile, the ongoing nationwide quarantine is set to be extended, and the two-week self-isolation guidelines will become…

Is Russia running a coronavirus disinformation campaign?

Monday, March 23, 2020

Is Russia using the  coronavirus   pandemic as a chance to incite unrest in the West by spreading fake news and misinformation? EU observers of Russian media say that’s what it looks like. The Russian news outfit Sputnik claims “very smart biologists and pharmacists” in Latvia invented the new COVID-19 coronavirus. Other sources close to the Kremlin say it was made in the British military’s Porton Down facilities.   Russia…

Call for volunteers to step forward to help people through coronavirus crisis

Monday, March 23, 2020

Last week, from 17 to 20 March, the HackForce virtual hackathon took place with the aim of discovering solutions to the challenges arising from the Coronavirus crisis. One of the winners was the #paliecmājās (Stay at home) movement – a volunteer network offering deliveries of food and other goods free of charge to those who are in at-risk groups or under home quarantine. Anyone can receive help from #paliecmājās – either by calling 25661991…

Coronavirus: US firm to produce test kits in Lithuania

Monday, March 23, 2020

Thermo Fisher Scientific Baltics, an American firm operating in Vilnius, will produce  coronavirus   test kits in Lithuania, the government said in a press release on Monday. The contract with the medical and scientific equipment producer was signed on March 20, the Lithuanian government said. Some components will be produced in Lithuania, while the the remaining parts will be brought to Lithuania from several other foreign countries. “This is great…

Lithuanian president to ask South Korea for support

Monday, March 23, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nasuėda will ask his South Korean counterpart to send an expert to Lithuania for advice on how to manage the  coronavirus   crisis. South Korea is named as one of the best examples on preventing the spread of the virus. Despite reaching a peak in late February, the country has seen a downward trend in the daily infections rate. The specialist from South Korea could “advise us…

New wave of repatriation flights announced

Monday, March 23, 2020

The Ministry of Transport has announced a new wave of additional commercial flights through which Latvian residents can return home, and other nationals can leave the country according to its website on March 23. As  reported  , In accordance with the March 12 emergency measures adopted by the Cabinet of Ministers, Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits (New Conservative Party) can create exceptions by granting permission for international transport while transport through…

Health Minister contradicts Saeima deputy diagnosed with Covid-19

Monday, March 23, 2020

Appearing on the Rīta panorāma news show, Health Minister Ilze Viņķele contradicted MP Artuss Kaimiņš’ claims that he hadn’t gone abroad and hadn’t contacted any infected people prior to being diagnosed with the Covid-19 virus. Earlier, Kaimiņš told the public he was diagnosed with the novel virus, prompting all Saeima deputies and many government ministers to be tested for the infection and go into self-isolation.  Specifically, Viņķele said March 23 that the country’s Disease…

Charter flights repatriate Lithuanians from Paris

Monday, March 23, 2020

As Lithuania introduced a nationwide quarantine on Monday, the French president declared war on Covid-19 virus with a lockdown of France. Hundreds of Lithuanian citizens were stranded. Forty-eight hours later, the embassy team and the Foreign Ministry in Vilnius had charter flights to bring hundreds of Lithuanians back home. The embassy answered more than a thousand emails and telephone calls. “This was a huge logistical operation helping Lithuanians returning back…

Distillery re-orients production to meet medical demand

Monday, March 23, 2020

Kalsnava Distillery, a maker of organic spirits, has upped production and will redirect most of its offering to the domestic market to meet the rapidly increasing demand for disinfectants, the company told the press March 23. Previously the company exported about 90% of its production, but it is now rerouting most of its production to the local market. “We have been contacted by many local entrepreneurs who are making disinfectant…

Coronavirus: opposition calls for military to take over crisis management

Monday, March 23, 2020

On Monday, the parliamentary opposition called on the country’s defence minister or the military to coordinate the country’s response to the crisis. Currently, the nationwide emergency operation centre is headed by Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga. In response, Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis said the role of the military will grow if the crisis deepends, but the government should manage the country’s response. “The […] military is primarily a supporting institution in…