Posts published in Day: March 25, 2020

As EU tender stalls, Estonia joins Lithuania in seeking own medical supplies

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The Lithuanian Health Ministry was criticised for not joining an EU tender for protective medical equipment. However, as the EU process stalled, Estonia is now also looking for non-EU alternatives. Procuring protective masks, Covid-19 testing supplies and other medical supplies collectively with the EU is “going to take some time” and therefore Estonia is now looking for alternatives, the country’s Health Board director Merike Jürilosaid said on March 23.  …

Lithuania could regulate prices during quarantine – PM

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The Lithuanian government will be able to regulate prices during the  coronavirus   quarantine, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Wednesday, adding he hoped it wouldn’t come to that. “An instrument is put in place for the so-called price regulation and monitoring, with the help of the Consumer Rights Protection Authority. The mechanism is envisaged,” he said after a Cabinet meeting. According to Skvernelis, the government expects it will not…

Coronavirus situation in Baltic states deepens with deaths and social transmission

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The situation with regard to COVID-19 coronavirus became even more serious in the Baltic states March 25 with the first death reported in Estonia, several deaths reported in Lithuania and the first recorded case of social transmission of the disease in Latvia. In Estonia,  ERR News reports   the first death as a direct result of the disease has been recorded.  “A patient infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) died on…

Coronavirus: US firm to provide test kits for Lithuania

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Thermo Fisher Scientific Baltics, a US-owned firm based in Vilnius, will provide  coronavirus   test kits for 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…

Prime Minister slams returning Lithuanians – ‘these individuals cause us danger’

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has slammed Lithuanians returning from abroad who do not adhere to the quarantine. “You have probably seen scenes on social media, who and what types are returning to Lithuania,” the minister told reporters on Wednesday. “I’m sorry, but they cannot be called people.”   Videos circulating among Lithuanian social media users showed some of the returnees mocking the imposed quarantine and saying they will not…

Coronavirus: Lithuania reports fourth death, parliament staffer diagnosed with Covid-19

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Three  coronavirus  -linked deaths have been confirmed in Lithuania over the last 24 hours, following the first death reported on March 21. The latest Covid-19 victim passed away in Panevėžys. The man had been in hospital since March 12 and belonged to a risk group, the Ministry of Health said, meaning that he was elderly or had chronic health conditions. “The patient died today at around 11:00, he had the…

First untraceable Covid-19 cases in Latvia

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

For the first time cases of the Covid-19 novel coronavirus have been determined in Latvia, where epidemiologists can’t ascertain how the patients were infected, according to Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) Director Jurijs Perevoščikovs on March 25. All previous infection cases could be traced back to contact with an infected person or where the person had been abroad, but for the new cases the people could have been…

airBaltic boss to decline wage during coronavirus crisis

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The chairman and chief executive officer of Latvian airline airBaltic announced March 25 he would not be receiving any wages for the duration of the coronavirus crisis, reported LSM’s Latvian language service. German citizen Martin Gauss said: “From April onwards, until we can resume scheduled flights, I will give up my pay. Members of the board, as well as executives, have already voluntarily agreed to reduce their pay by 20…

A EU tender stalls, Estonia joins Lithuania in seeking own medical supplies

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The Lithuanian Health Ministry was criticised for not joining an EU tender for protective medical equipment. However, as the EU process stalled, Estonia is now also looking for non-EU alternatives. Procuring protective masks, Covid-19 testing supplies and other medical supplies collectively with the EU is “going to take some time” and therefore Estonia is now looking for alternatives, the country’s Health Board director Merike Jürilosaid said on March 23.  …

Coronavirus updates: Lithuania reports fourth death, parliament staffer diagnosed with Covid-19

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Three  coronavirus  -linked deaths have been confirmed in Lithuania over the last 24 hours, following the first death reported on March 21. The latest Covid-19 victim passed away in Panevėžys. The man had been in hospital since March 12 and belonged to a risk group, the Ministry of Health said, meaning that he was elderly or had chronic health conditions. “The patient died today at around 11:00, he had the…