Posts published in Day: May 4, 2020

Report on Chinese disinformation campaigns in Europe alarms European Parliament

By Konstantin Zigar on Monday, May 4, 2020

Political groups within the European Parliament have expressed concerns over Chinese authorities pressuring the European External Action Service. Unofficial information suggests that because of Chinese influence a report on disinformation spread by sources linked to China has been softened. These Chinese sources continuously praise steps taken by Beijing in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic; Beijing, however, argues that it itself is the real victim of disinformation. There are ongoing discussions in…

9,000 Lithuanians invited for random Covid-19 testing, no positive results yet

Monday, May 4, 2020

Lithuania’s health authorities are testing 9,000 randomly-selected volunteers to undergo Covid-19 testing. With one third of the tests complete, none were positive for the virus, Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said on Monday. “Nearly 9,000 people were invited to test for Covid-19 during the long weekend and more than 3,000 tests have been completed thus far. Some of the tests remain in laboratories and have not yet been completed,” the minister…

Creative industries get the hackathon treatment

Monday, May 4, 2020

From May1-3, an online hackathon brought together more than 300 industry representatives from 30 countries around the world to work together on projects that could potentially address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis. In total, 26 ideas were created during the 48-hour hackathon. At the end of the hackathon, a jury of experts consisting of Solvita Krese, Director of Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Dace Resele, Head of the…

150 people fined for flouting quarantine rules over long weekend in Lithuania

Monday, May 4, 2020

A total of 150 people were fined in Lithuania for violating the coronavirus quarantine rules over the three-day weekend, a police spokesman told BNS on Monday. Fifty-three violations were recorded on Friday, 52 on Saturday, and 46 on Sunday, Ramūnas Matonis said. Police were out in force across the country over the long weekend to ensure that people adhered to the restrictions. Matonis told LRT Radio on Monday morning that…

17 more coronavirus cases detected in Latvia

Monday, May 4, 2020

Latvia recorded another rise in the number of COVID-19 infections May 4, increasing the total number of cases from 879 on Sunday to 896 on Monday. No more deaths were recorded. The new figure was released by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) which said 1,219 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period. Seven of the newly-discovered cases came from one single source of infection, the SPKC noted. In total 65,464 tests have been carried…

Revolut Bank launches in Lithuania

Monday, May 4, 2020

Revolut Banking, a subsidiary of the British financial technology company Revolut, is launching banking services in Lithuania as of Monday. The company has been granted a specialised banking license and will offer bank accounts covered by Lithuania’s deposit insurance, Revolut said in a press release. The company already has over 300,000 clients in Lithuania who were using e-money services of Revolut Payments. All the clients will be able to transfer…

Lithuania and Poland agree to loosen travel restrictions across border

Monday, May 4, 2020

Lithuania and Poland consider loosening restrictions for travel across their border, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Monday after a teleconference meeting with his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki. “We have agreed to enable the facilitation of cross-border movement for residents of border regions,” a press release from the government quoted the prime minister. He mentioned the restoration of movement of frontier workers across the border with Poland and of…

Latvians celebrate independence day at home

Monday, May 4, 2020

Amid the coronavirus epidemic, Latvia is celebrating its 30th anniversary of independence from the Soviet Union more quietly than usual. Due to the state of emergency, there are no big public events for Latvia’s Independence Restoration Day this year, but Latvians were invited to mark the occasion at home by decorating their windows with celebratory messages, BNN reports. “This year, thirty years since the adoption of the Declaration On the…

Coronavirus: Lithuania confirms 9 new cases, new hotspot at rehabilitation hospital

Monday, May 4, 2020

Nine people were diagnosed with Covid-19 in Lithuania over Sunday, bringing the country’s total of confirmed cases to 1,419, the Ministry of Health said on Monday. Forty-six people have died so far after contracting the virus and 638 have recovered. According to the National Public Health Centre, 2,351 people were tested for the coronavirus on Sunday. A rehabilitation hospital in Vilnius has become a new Covid-19 hotspot. Patients ant staff…

‘Mask fashion week’ hits the streets of Vilnius

Monday, May 4, 2020

They began as a necessity but ended up being a vehicle for fashion. Facemasks have been all the rage this season and deserve to be showcased in a fashion week, Lithuanian fashion designer Julia Janus has decided. “You cannot mask creativity – the world’s first Mask Fashion Week is happening in Vilnius,” Julia Janus says. The project started with a  Facebook group   where Janus invited people to post photos…