Posts published in Day: April 6, 2020

Coronavirus: two deaths from Covid-19, total number of cases at 811

Monday, April 6, 2020

The Lithuanian Health Ministry reported two deaths from Covid-19 on Sunday. In all, 13 people have died from the  coronavirus   in Lithuania, and seven have recovered. One of the victims is the owner of Šeduva Mill, a resort complex in Radviliškis region, northern Lithuania. Both of the deceased had chronic illnesses. Although the Health Ministry confirmed that two people died from Covid-19 on Sunday, the head of emergency centre…

Coronavirus: 843 confirmed cases in Lithuania, 14 deaths

Monday, April 6, 2020

A person who had contracted the  coronavirus   passed away in Panevėžys, northern Lithuania, on Monday morning. It is the 14th confirmed Covid-19-related death in the country. The person was in the risk group, the Ministry of Health said, meaning that they were elderly or had chronic health conditions. Three more people died of Covid-19 in Lithuania over the weekend. Thirty-two new infections were confirmed in the country on Sunday,…

Street crime down, but domestic violence up during quarantine – Lithuanian police

Monday, April 6, 2020

Crime rates have fallen by a fifth since the start of the  coronavirus   quarantine, Lithuania’s police say. However, domestic violence has shot up by just as much. Since March 16, when Lithuania instituted a nationwide quarantine, police officers have been spending more times patrolling public places to see that people are observing social distancing. During this time, reported crime has fallen by almost 20 percent, Police Commissioner General Renatas…

Coronavirus quarantine will be extended beyond Easter – Lithuanian president

Monday, April 6, 2020

Quarantine measures in Lithuania will be extended beyond April 13, President Gitanas Nausėda said after his meeting with the prime minister on Monday. The government is expected to make the formal announcement after a sitting on Wednesday. “I do not want to jump ahead of time, but it [the quarantine] will be extended, certainly beyond Easter,” Nausėda said. “I believe it is a right decision.” The Lithuanian government introduced a…

Small businesses in Lithuania can start claiming loan holidays

Monday, April 6, 2020

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Lithuania can now claim compensation for the interest charged on deferred loans and leases, according to the Lithuanian Finance Ministry press release. The Lithuanian government has allocated 23 million euros to fully compensate the interest charged since March 16 when the country declared a nationwide quarantine.   “The government will compensate the interest on your deferred loans and you will be able to…

Lithuania borrows €1.5bn to stimulate economy

Monday, April 6, 2020

Lithuania is borrowing 1.5 billion euros from international financial institutions and using the money to ensure the liquidity of the state treasury. The European Investment Bank (EIB) will extend a loan of 700 million euros, while the Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) and the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) will lend 400 million euros each. “I have signed loan agreements, worth a total of 1.5 billion euros, with international financial…

Latgale tourism industry calls for government crisis support

Monday, April 6, 2020

The Ezerzeme Latgale region Tourism association surveyed more than 100 regional tourism businesses and found that many small businesses are concerned about not meeting the current criteria to qualify for government support during the state of emergency caused by the Covid-19 novel coronavirus, according to board member Līga Kondrāte on April 6. “If the situation lasts longer than May, then a large part of entrepreneurs have said (and it’s more…

Watchdog to ask €1.6m in support for commercial media

Monday, April 6, 2020

Latvia’s broadcast watchdog, the National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP) has prepared a policy document that asks for about €1.6 million in support for commercial media, which are seeing huge losses in advertising revenue during the Covid-19 crisis. The notice will be forwarded for cabinet review this week. “NEPLP has prepared a stabilization plan for electronic mass media during the Covid-19 crisis. It proposes ensuring that commercial radio and TV works…

Lithuania to restrict entry to all cities, towns over Easter weekend

Monday, April 6, 2020

Entry to all cities and towns in Lithuania will be restricted over the upcoming Easter weekend, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis announced on Monday. “The police will ensure compliance and they will enlist the help of the military, the Riflemen’s Union, police supporters, and other helpers if necessary,” he posted on Facebook, adding that the municipalities “will be asked to […] limit all unnecessary entries into cities and towns”. Exceptions will…

Almost 400 people barred from leaving Lithuania due to quarantine

Monday, April 6, 2020

A total of 371 people were barred from leaving Lithuania since the nationwide quarantine was introduced on March 16, the country’s State Border Guard Service (VSAT) said on Monday. Meanwhile, 801 people were barred from entering Lithuania. The border guards also received 292 requests to leave the country. Only 54 were approved, according to Rustamas Liubajevas, the head of VSAT, as “they couldn’t prove that they live and have a…