Posts published in Day: March 24, 2020

Half of coronavirus patients in Lithuania are young people

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Half of more than 200 people in Lithunaia infected with the  coronavirus   are young people, and ten people have contracted the virus from relatives upon their return from abroad,the National Public Health Centre said on Tuesday. “A majority of those infected, over 50 percent, are young people with their age ranging from 20 to 40 years. Every person has quite a number of contacts,” Daiva Razmuviene, an epidemiologist at…

Wizz Air cancels Vilnius flights until May

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Wizz Air, the Hungarian budget airline, has extended the suspension of all flights to and from Vilnius until April 30. “The decision was made as a response to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic,” the statement by the company reads. All affected passengers will be informed, Wizz Air said. If they bought tickets directly on the company’s website or mobile app, they will receive 120-percent refunds into their Wizz…

Eight NATO troops in Lithuania test positive for Covid-19

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Eight soldiers from the international NATO battalion deployed in Lithuania tested positive for the new  coronavirus  , the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday. “Up until now, eight troops have tested positive. The first case was confirmed over the weekend and another seven were confirmed on Tuesday,” Vita Ramanauskaitė, an adviser to the defence minister, told BNS.   A Dutch soldier who fell sick over the weekend, and another four Dutch…

All travelers arriving at Vilnius Airport to be quarantined

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Everyone arriving in Vilnius by plane will be placed in hotels for 2-week quarantine, the city’s spokesman said, adding that only foreigners can expect to be exempted. The city’s announcement follows a government order obliging local authorities to impose mandatory self-isolation for everyone arriving from abroad. “We have made the decision to quarantine everyone, and then figure things out,” Povilas Poderskis, the director of administration at Vilnius Municipality, told reporters…

Lithuanian government to extend €2bn aid package to ‘responsible businesses’

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The Lithuanian government has put together a 2-billion-euro financial package to help businesses bounce back from the  coronavirus  -induced economic crisis. The package includes “grants, guarantees and other financial instruments”, Finance Minister Vilius Šapoka told reporters on Tuesday. Lithuania introduced a nationwide quarantine on March 16, forcing most customer-servicing businesses to close down. The Finance Ministry has said that the country’s coronavirus-hit economy may shrink between 1.3 and 2.8 percent…

New hotline for Covid-19 questions: 8345

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The State Chancery, together with the state telecoms provider Tet, has come up with a round-the-clock hotline for people’s questions concerning the novel coronavirus. The toll-free phone number 8345 can be called from Latvian territory and will answer health-related queries in English and Latvian. Latvians abroad are invited to call the  Consular Service   for queries.  Residents are asked to call so that they could choose the proper institution to turn…

Fake news spreads in Latvia via WhatsApp

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Today a fake news WhatsApp message warning about the coming spread of a phone virus has been spreading in Latvia via the mobile messaging application, according to Information Technology Security Incident Response Institution Cert.lv on March 23. Cert.lv urges recipients not to forward the message. The same message has already spread throughout Spanish and English speaking countries over the past week. During crisis situations, such as the current Covid-19 novel…

Vilnius could transform stadiums, arenas to makeshift hospitals

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Vilnius’ officials are considering the Litexpo exhibition centre, sports arenas and covered stadiums as possible locations for makeshift hospitals. “We are planning to transform Litexpo into a makeshift treatment centre,” said Povilas Poderskis, the director of administration at Vilnius Municipality, adding that they might start outfitting the exhibition center this week.   The official said the municipality would cover the cost of setting up makeshift wards. Other possible locations include…

Coronavirus tests to focus on at-risk groups in Latvia

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Testing for the novel coronavirus will be targeted towards at-risk groups from now on as the country struggles to contain the virus pandemic. The Health Ministry said March 24 that testing people with mild symptoms staying at home will not be prioritized in order to increase test efficiency and save healthcare resources. The state will continue to pay for tests for people who show symptoms after staying abroad or contacting…

Coronavirus in Baltics

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The three  Baltic states   had confirmed a total of 753 cases of the novel  coronavirus   infection by Tuesday noon, based on the latest figures from official institutions collected by BNS. Lithuania: 187 cases confirmed; 2,734 people tested; one death.  Latest: The government announced on Tuesday that all returnees will be placed in a 14-day isolation at municipal accommodation. The proposal to also place those diagnosed with Covid-19 and…