Posts published in Day: April 7, 2020

Lithuania’s food industry asks for quarantine exemptions, warns of chaos

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Representatives of Lithuania’s food industry asked the government for special quarantine rules, saying that disruptions in food production could result in “general chaos”. Food processing workers should be routinely tested for Covid-19 and exempted from requirements to quarantine entire factories in cases of individual infections, industry representatives told the country’s president and the agriculture minister during a video conference last Friday. Agriculture Minister Andrius Palionis agreed it might be impracticable…

Latvia extends state of emergency by one month

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

As expected, Latvia’s cabinet decided on April 7 to extend the current state of emergency in the country by one month. Consequently the current status – which allows the government extra leeway in its legislative and financial decision-making – will remain in place until May 12. The original state of emergency had been due to expire on April 14. “Overall, the situation with COVID-19 in Latvia is stable,” Prime Minister…

Lithuania joins Covid-19 treatment trials

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Lithuania is joining an international clinical trial launched by the World Health Organization to find treatment for Covid-19, according to Santara Clinics in Vilnius. The so-called Solidarity trial, which aims to test additional treatment options, will be organised by Santara Clinics, with other hospitals across the country joining in the future. “Lithuania’s patients will have a unique opportunity to take part in an international trial, which aims to study both…

Lithuanian Railways halves passenger routes due to dropping demand

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Lithuania’s state-owned Lietuvos Geležinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways) is suspending service on 30 routes, in addition to 76 previous closures, but has pledged to ensure inter-city connection. Since the beginning of the coronavirus quarantine, the company suspended about a third of its routes in response to dropping passenger numbers. “We have temporarily suspended train services on a third – 76 out of 226 – of our routes. As the number of passenger…

Lithuanian parliament approves intelligence chief for second term

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The Lithuanian parliament backed the appointment of Darius Jauniškis as director of the country’s State Security Department (VSD) for a second term. On Tuesday, 109 MPs voted in favour of his re-appointment, four voted against and five abstained. The VSD director is appointed and dismissed by the president with the parliament’s approval. Dainius Gaižauskas, the chairman of the parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defence, said earlier the intelligence agency’s…

Latvia: Revenue Service discovers furlough benefit violations

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The State Revenue Service has discovered two cases with furloughed employees receiving benefits still continuing to show up to work, the tax service said April 7. Since late March, employers can apply for furlough benefits to reduce the impact of the changes the novel Covid-19 virus has brought upon the Latvian economy. In all, the tax service has carried out 105 checks from April 2 to April 5. Individuals and board…

Quarantine triggers surge in parcel volumes

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

In March, parcel volumes across the country increased by nearly 90 percent year-on-year. the state-owned Lietuvos Paštas (Lithuanian Post) said on Tuesday. “The [quarantine] prompted the residents of small towns to shop online and use modern ways of delivery. This change has been anticipated for a long time,” Norbertas Zioba, Lietuvos Pastas’ marketing and sales director, said in a press release. Meanwhile, parcel volumes in certain regions increased by 75 percent…

Latvian choir included in Baryshnikov Arts Center digital program

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The Latvian National Choir concert, which was filmed at the Jerome Robbins Theater on April 11, 2015, has been included in the Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) weekly PlayBAC video series program, according to choir representatives on April 7. Live BAC performances from their 15-year archive will be viewable on their website from April 9 to May 19. The program includes artists from around the world, and each video will include…

Latvia extends participation in EU’s Ukraine advisory mission

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

On 7 April 2020, the Latvian Cabinet approved the extension of the posting of four civilian experts – Raimonds Deičmanis, Eva Ikauniece, Raimonds Koptenkovs and Oskars Kastēns – as part of the European Union (EU) Advisory Mission for Civil Security Sector Reform Ukraine (EUAM). The time of service for Raimonds Deičmanis and Eva Ikauniece has been extended until 2 June 2021, and for Raimonds Koptenkovs and Oskars Kastēns until 31 June 2021. Nine Latvian…

Lithuania to extend quarantine

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The government will decide on Wednesday whether to extend the quarantine by two weeks, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Tuesday. Meanwhile, some small businesses might be allowed to reopen after Easter. “We will probably relax conditions for certain small businesses and set very clear conditions,” Skvernelis told reporters.The shops will be allowed to open if, “for example, [it] is accessible from the street, [only] a specific number of people…