Posts published in Day: April 1, 2020

Coronavirus: 581 confirmed cases in Lithuania, over 100 medical workers

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Forty-four new  coronavirus   cases were confirmed in Lithuania on Wednesday morning, bringing the country’s total Covid-9 count to 581. The Ministry of Health said that 1,849 people were tested for the infection over Tuesday, 12,574 since the beginning of the epidemic. So far, eight people have died from the coronavirus in Lithuania and seven recoveries have been reported. Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said on Wednesday that 108 patients were…

Lithuania bans exports of protective medical gear to non-EU countries

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Lithuanian government has decided to ban exports of medical protective gear to non-European Union countries. Under the government’s resolution on Wednesday, the export of goggles and visors, face shields, mouth and nose protection products, protective clothing and gloves is not allowed unless authorised by the health minister. “The exports of personal protective equipment […] to third countries shall be permitted only by decision of the head of the State…

Self-proclaimed republic in central Vilnius marks independence day

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The self-proclaimed Užupio Respublika (Užupis Republic) in Vilnius marked its 22nd independence anniversary on Wednesday. On April 1, 1998, the bohemian district in Vilnius unveiled a manifesto and declared its mock independence as a community project. The ‘republic’ also established an 11-strong army. It later retired. “We wrote [the constitution] in under three hours,” Tomas Čepaitis, a co-author of the constitution and the current ‘foreign minister’, is quoted in a…

Covid-19 recovery and self-isolation statistics

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Of those in Latvia infected by the Covid-19 novel coronavirus, around 30 have already recovered, while at least 2,200 residents remain under self-isolation, according to Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) expert Jurijs Perevoščikovs on March 31. The number of people observing self-isolation is the number of contact persons (family members, colleagues, patients, friends) epidemiologists have identified as close to those infected, so the actual number is definitely much…

China’s assistance ‘brainwashing’ Lithuanian people, conservative MPs claim

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Assistance from China is “brainwashing” the Lithuanian people and will spread pro-Beijing propaganda, conservative Lithuanian MPs said on Tuesday. The foreign minister disagreed with the claims, saying securing supplies was more important than ideology. “Our people are being brainwashed now from early morning until late evening with images of communist China or the planes belonging to Russian oligarchs,” said MP Emanuelis Zingeris from the conservative Homeland Union, the largest opposition party…

Competition Council blasts “fictive procurements” in Rēzekne

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Latvian market and procurement watchdog the Competition Council (CC) said April 1 it had detected “competition deformation” in procurements by the local government in Rēzekne, eastern Latvia. “The Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) has closed the investigation case regarding activities by two companies – SIA “DAKO” and SIA “RUVAR” – in procurements on supply of construction materials, plumbing products and electric appliances, organised by Rēzekne City Council and SIA “Rēzeknes Namsaimnieks”, owned by the…

Coronavirus update: 581 confirmed cases in Lithuania, over 100 medical workers

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Forty-four new  coronavirus   cases were confirmed in Lithuania on Wednesday morning, bringing the country’s total Covid-9 count to 581. The Ministry of Health said that 1,849 people were tested for the infection over Tuesday, 12,574 since the beginning of the epidemic. So far, eight people have died from the coronavirus in Lithuania and seven recoveries have been reported. Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said on Wednesday that 108 patients were…

Lithuania bans passenger air, ferry travel

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Starting April 4, all passenger air and ferry travel, except for the Kiel–Klaipėda route, will be banned, the Lithuanian government said on Wednesday. Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis previously said that the ban would help to prevent a further spread of the coronavirus, adding that Lithuanian citizens stranded abroad have already been given plenty of time and possibilities to return home.   LRT.LT

Sharp increase in internet use in Latvia

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Like in many other European countries, internet usage has increased during the Covid-19 crisis, with students studying and parents working from home. People watch more films and TV series. Despite data usage going up 25% for one telecoms provider, Latvia’s internet infrastructure still shows resilience, reported Latvian Radio April 1. Bite Latvija representative Una Ahuna said that internet usage has increased about 25% for their clients. Use patterns have changed…

Latvia lauds “major step” forward by Ukraine

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Latvia offered words of encouragement to Ukraine April 4 after the Ukrainian parliament passed a major reform package in its first reading. “Amendments to legislative acts concerning the circulation and sale of agricultural land were adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on 31 March 2020 and a bill supported at first reading on amendments enabling improvements to mechanisms for regulation of banking activities represent a major step towards closer…