Posts published in Day: April 8, 2020

Latvia: Shooting exercise sparks fire on military training grounds

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

A fire broke out on military training grounds in Adazi outside Riga on Wednesday, a spokesman for the Latvian Defense Ministry informed. The ministry’s spokesman Kaspars Galkins said that the fire started during a shooting exercise, which was held in dry and warm weather conditions. The blaze spread to a 17-hectare large area, covered mainly by heather and other ground vegetation. In addition to the State Fire and Rescue Service,…

Lithuania calls on EU to reconsider Mobility Package

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius called on the EU not to adopt the controversial Mobility Package during the coronavirus crisis. “A crisis-affected Europe needs a renewed and a solidarity solution in the transport area,” the minister said in a statement, The European Council adopted the proposal on Wednesday and it will now go to the European Parliament. “Under these circumstances, the decision to adopt the Mobility Package [in its current]…

Latvia: State Security Service moves to prosecute man over deportation comments

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

On March 30, 2020, Latvia’s State Security Service (VDD) initiated a criminal prosecution against  an individual in connection with offensive comments made about deportations to Siberia under Soviet occupation, according to information posted on the VDD’s website on April 8. “Last year, on the day of the commemoration of the victims of the Communist genocide on March 25, the person published a comment in Russian on the social network Facebook, claiming…

Latvia ramps up coronavirus tests for healthcare workers

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The number of medics infected with the novel coronavirus is on the increase, with 26 ambulance employees at the State Emergency Medical Service testing positive for the disease. Twice this number are self-isolating after being in contact with an infected patient. Latvia is ramping up tests for emergency medical workers, with more than 700 tested in the past two weeks, reported LTV April 7. Services have been cut dramatically at the Oncology…

Lithuania bans intercity travel over Easter weekend

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The Lithuania government on Wednesday announced a ban on intercity travel over the Easter weekend. People will not be able to enter municipalities other than their place of residence for three days, starting 20:00 on Friday until 20:00 on Monday. The restrictions will not apply when travelling to attend funerals of family members, in cases of grave illness or injury, as well as when travelling for work or to get…

Lithuanian government extends quarantine

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The Lithuanian government decided on Wednesday to extend the existing quarantine for another two weeks, tightening some restrictions while relaxing others. “The quarantine is extended until midnight of April 27, midnight,” Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga, who proposed the motion, told a government sitting. Wearing facemasks in public, which has been a recommendation so far, will be mandatory from Friday. Meanwhile some restrictions will be eased. The government decided to allow…

Lithuanians stranded abroad urged to stay put

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Some 180 Lithuanian nationals are stranded abroad and unable to return home, Giedrius Surplys, a government spokesman, said on Wednesday, urging them to return only after the quarantine is lifted. “A total of 6,275 Lithuanian citizens wishing to return to Lithuania have contacted the country’s diplomatic missions and 6,095 have already returned, either with the help of the state or on their own,” he told reporters. “Lithuania’s embassies are now…

Latvia: Opposition parties continue to lead the way in March ratings

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Opposition parties Saskaņa (Harmony) and the Zaļo un Zemnieku savienība (Greens and Farmers Union, ZZS) continue to register the greatest levels of support among voters, according to the latest polling carried out for LTV by the SKDS pollster. Continuing the trend of recent months, in March Harmony and ZZS occupy first and second places with 14.8% and 8.6% respectively, followed by four of the five government coalition parties. The National Alliance…

NATO aircraft to deliver medical supplies to Lithuania

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

A NATO aircraft will deliver a shipment of medical supplies to Lithuania in the near future, according to Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius. “As far as I know, a flight will take place in the nearest time and a NATO aircraft will deliver a shipment that we need in Lithuania,” the minister told MPs on Tuesday. The government has not yet disclosed more details about the date of the flight…

Latvia: Asymptomatic taxi driver’s brush with Covid-19

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Not everyone who has contracted the Covid-19 novel coronavirus experiences any of the symptoms, as was the case with taxi driver Lauris after he was infected through his father, according to “Panorāma” news on April 7. “There were no symptoms, no temperature or anything else. I transported Italian tourists, did the test, it was negative, and I sat in self-isolation,” said Lauris. He only eventually tested positive 11 days later.…