Posts published in Day: March 26, 2020

Government decides against travel restriction in Lithuania’s Ukmergė

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Although six new cases were confirmed in Ukmergė on Thursday morning, the government decided against introducing travel restrictions in the region. “I think the situation is dramatic, and it’s changing not by the day, but by the hour,” said Lithuania’s Vice Health Minister Algirdas Šešelgis. “I think additional measures [in Ukmergė] are being considered, which would likely limit the entry and exit, as well as local movement, which would be…

Coronavirus: Lithuania’s case count at 290, including 20 NATO troops

Thursday, March 26, 2020

A total of 290  coronavirus   cases have been confirmed in Lithuania as of Thursday morning, the Health Ministry said. Four patients have died from Covid-19 so far and one has recovered. Over 4,320 coronavirus tests have been carried out in the country so far, including 849 on Wednesday. In an effort to slow the spread of the virus, the government on Wednesday extended the nationwide quarantine, which started on…

New intercity bus restrictions

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Additional measures will be implemented on March 27 for regional bus routes to increase space between passengers and help observe social distancing, according to the Road Transport Administration (ATD) on March 26. Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits gave the order on March 26. Other measures include restricting passengers to every other seat, and having them sit in scattered locations to minimize distance from all sides. Minibus passengers won’t be able to…

Over 500 Lithuanian medics are in self-isolation

Thursday, March 26, 2020

A total of 545 medics in Lithuania are now in self-isolation after coming into contact with a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19 infection, according to the National Public Health Centre. “The majority of them, 377, are in Vilnius County. There are counties, like Alytus and Tauragė, were there are no medics put on the list of those self-isolating,” Daiva Razmuvienė, an epidemiologist at the centre, told BNS. Sixty medical…

Government grants €8m in bonuses to medical personnel

Thursday, March 26, 2020

The government will grant €8m in bonuses to medical personnel working through the Covid-19 outbreak, said PM Krišjānis Kariņš March 26. The bonuses will be granted as thanks for medics who’ve worked in an intense capacity for a month now, said the Prime Minister. Extra pay of up to 50% of the monthly wage will be granted under the scheme. Health Minister Ilze Viņķele said that €8 million has been…

A fifth of the economy could be wiped out – Lithuanian Central Bank

Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Lithuanian central bank forecasts that the country’s  economy   may contract between 3.4 and 20.8 percent this year, depending on how long the nationwide quarantine remains in place. The Bank of Lithuania on Thursday revised its forecasts, presenting three economic development scenarios, depending on the duration of the contraction: V-shaped, U-shaped and protracted U-shaped. “In the U-shaped scenario, which is the baseline one, we project an economic contraction of…

Latvia extends support to crisis-hit businesses and employees

Thursday, March 26, 2020

The government has extended support to businesses and employees affected by the Covid-19 crisis.  Now, instead of government support targeting select industries including hospitality and catering, the government says all companies with a turnover decrease of at least 30% from March 2019 and some less-affected companies will be able to apply to have employee downtime covered from the state budget. Some companies with a turnover decrease of at least 20% will also…

Latvian central bank predicts major economic contraction ahead

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Latvia’s central bank, (Latvijas banka, LB) updated its economic forecasts March 26 and unsurprisingly, given the severity of the world coronavirus crisis, the prognosis is not optimistic. “The Bank of Latvia has revised Latvia’s gross domestic product (GDP) and inflation forecasts. Taking into account the current developments in the world economy, LB predicts that Latvia’s GDP will decline by 6.5% in 2020 (compared to a 2.6% increase predicted in December 2019), while…

Lithuanian employers call for 12-hour workday and fewer regulations

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Lithuanian employers have asked the government to temporarily suspend some labour regulations, including the 40-hour working week, due to the quarantine-induced economic crisis. Lithuanian Confederation of Employers have asked the government to temporarily suspend some labour regulations, including the 40-hour working week. Other proposals include extending the working day to 12 hours, shortening termination notice period to two weeks and cutting severance pay. The draft document, submitted to the government…