Posts published in Day: March 31, 2020

Breaking quarantine conditions will result in big fines

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

From now on, the penalty for non-compliance with compulsory emergency epidemiological requirements will be up to EUR 2,000 for natural persons and up to EUR 5,000 for legal entities, the Latvian government decided on Tuesday, March 31. At a remote press conference, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš said that many people had been asking the government to “give the police teeth” to protect the public from people whose selfish attitude threatends society at large. So far,…

Lithuanian government eyes powers to track people’s location

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Lithuanian parliament is on Tuesday debating a bill that would allow state institutions to track people’s location. “The bill comes in response to the fast spread of Covid-19 and related threats,” said Lithuanian Transport Minister Jaroslav Narkevič, adding that the bill was necessary to make sure that people followed self-isolation rules during the quarantine. Under the proposal, phone service providers would have to disclose location data of people whose…

Coronavirus: 12 percent of all cases are medical workers, eighth death confirmed

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

An eighth person has died from Covid-19 in Lithuania on Tuesday. The patient, who was in the risk group, was being treated in Santara Clinics in Vilnius. Earlier on Tuesday, 42 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed, bringing the country’s total to 533, the Health Ministry said.A total of 11,280 coronavirus tests have been carried out in the country so far, including 1,389 on Monday. Seven people have died of the…

Three Lithuanian resort towns have ordered their hotels to close

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Three Lithuanian resort towns have ordered their hotels to close, fearing that tourists may spread the  coronavirus  . Only Neringa, which covers Lithuania’s Curonian Spit, decided against restrictions. Accommodation service providers in Palanga, Birštonas and Druskininkai will not be allowed to accept guests during the coronavirus quarantine. “The main goal is to protect local people by minimising contacts and migration to our town,” Akvilę Kilijonienė, the municipal administration director of…

Croat and German medics to treat NATO troops in Lithuania

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

An additional team of Croatian and German medics arrived in Lithuania on Monday to treat NATO soldiers diagnosed with Covid-19, according to the Lithuanian Defence Ministry. The medical personnel and special equipment were flown to Lithuania from Croatia on Sunday, according to the ministry. Dutch Captain Evert-Jan Daniels, the battalion’s spokesman, told BNS that 24 soldiers tested positive for the coronavirus. They were moved from Rukla, central Lithuania, to Pabradė,…

Rīga’s temporary administration suspends executive director due to irresponsible actions

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Rīgas municipal temporary administrative director Edvīns Balševics suspended the city’s executive director Juris Radzevičs (Honor to Serve Riga) due to irresponsible actions during the emergency situation caused by the Covid-19 novel coronavirus pandemic, while executing his duties as executive director and shareholder at municipal companies, according to a Rīga City Council press release on March 31. “Rīga contains strategic infrastructure and the largest and most population. During these circumstances the…

Lithuania to pick new song for next year’s Eurovision

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Lithuania will organise a new competition to pick its entry for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. However, this year’s winner will get a spot in the national finale, LRT decided on Tuesday. The song on Fire, by The Roop, was due to represent Lithuania in the Eurovision this year, before the contest was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. “We regret the situation, since On Fire was considered one of…

12 percent of all virus cases are medical workers in Lithuania

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Forty-two new Covid-19 cases were confirmed in Lithuania on Tuesday, bringing the country’s total to 533, the Health Ministry said. A total of 11,280 coronavirus tests have been carried out in the country so far, including 1,389 on Monday. Seven people have died of the virus and another seven have recovered, the ministry said. Medical workers account for 12 percent of all cases  Sixty-four medical workers in Lithuania have tested…

School year isn’t likely to be extended in Latvia

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Schools are unlikely to reopen for the rest of the spring semester, but the length of the school year isn’t likely to be extended either, according to Education and Science Minister Ilga Šuplinska (New Conservative Party) on March 31. “It’s clear that the homeschool learning process will be protracted. And we think that in-person learning is unlikely to return to both general education and professional schools. Maybe some sort of…

There will be no food shortages in Lithuania

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Lithuania will not run out of food, according to Agriculture Minister Andrius Palionis. The country produces more than it consumes, while the movement of goods across the EU hasn’t been resitrected, he told LRT RADIO on Tuesday. “I can assure you that in some [products], Lithuania produces two and a half times as much food as it can consume, so there will be no food shortages,” he said. “Exports to…