Posts published in Day: April 4, 2020

Situation with truck line at Latvian-Lithuanian border has improved

Saturday, April 4, 2020

The situation with delivery trucks waiting in a long line to cross the Latvian-Lithuanian border at Grenctale improved this morning, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) said in an interview to Latvian Television. The minister said that the queue built up after Lithuanian authorities decided to conduct additional document checks for all trucks crossing into Lithuania and to measure drivers’ body temperature because of the Covid-19 threat. The Latvian Foreign…

Covid-19 Estonia: 1.5 mln protective masks to be distributed to state’s front-line workers

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Estonian Minister of Public Administration Jaak Aab said that the distribution of altogether 1.5 million masks and other personal protective equipment to healthcare and care institutions, as well as state and local government agencies, was launched, reported LETA/BNS. “We are trying to operate as quickly as possible so that the necessary personal protective equipment reaches front-line institutions and their employees all over Estonia,” Aab, who has also been appointed chief…

Coronavirus update: 771 confirmed cases in Lithuania, 83-year-old doctor the latest victim

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Seventy-five new  coronavirus   cases were diagnosed in Lithuania over Friday, bringing the country’s total count to 771. A woman in her 80s died from the disease on Saturday, the tenth Covid-19 victim in the country. The woman had been treated in Klaipėda University Hospital, the Ministry of Health said. She was later identified as Stanislava Bukartienė, an 83-year-old retired medical doctor, by her daughter on Facebook. Ten people have…

Number of coronavirus cases in Latvia passes 500 mark

Saturday, April 4, 2020

A further 16 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Latvian territory April 4, raising the total number of cases from 493 on Friday to 509 on Saturday. The new figure was released by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) which said 1,182 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In total 19,380 tests have been carried out since February 29. 29 patients are in hospital, most of whom have moderate symptoms of the disease…

Measures taken by the Baltic States are insufficient

By Viktors Domburs on Saturday, April 4, 2020

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of NATO met on April, 2 in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic. Though they expressed the deepest sympathies with all the victims of the Coronavirus disease, NATO continues to do its part. The organization tries to kill two birds with one stone. On the one hand, Commander, U.S. European Command, Gen Tod D. Wolters commented that linked exercises to Defender-Europe 20 in the Baltic…

Like after Chernobyl, people in Belarus kept in the dark

Saturday, April 4, 2020

While Belarusians speak about hospitals full of people with Covid-19, the official statistics hide the scale of the crisis. Lithuania is now worried about the virus spreading from its eastern neighbour, writes journalist Dzmitry Mitskevich in Minsk. Baltics in-depth. LRT English presents a forum of expert voices from the region. Alexander Lukashenko’s “bravado,” as the Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda  called   it, made Belarus famous all over the world. On…