Posts published in Day: May 6, 2020

Lithuanian government adopts 2-year coronavirus management plan

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Targeted testing, healthcare reforms and domestic production of personal protective equipment (PPE) are part of the Lithuanian government’s two-year coronavirus management strategy adopted on Wednesday. Even though Covid-19 infections have been declining, they might shoot up again once quarantine restrictions are lifted, the document says. Proactive targeted testing is identified as one of the key instruments for the management of the infection. The plan calls for proactive testing in hospitals,…

Latvia ‘discussing’ Lithuania’s call to bar Belarus’ nuclear energy

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Latvia will not accept any compromises on the safety of Belarus’ Astravyets nuclear power plant (NPP), Latvia’s President Egils Levits has said. However, the government is still considering whether to join Lithuania’s import ban of Belarus’ energy imports. Lithuania says the Astravyets NPP, located some 50 kilometers from Vilnius, fails to meet international safety and environmental standards, an allegation that Minsk denies. Lithuania has already ruled out buying any electricity…

European Commission predicts 8-percent dip in Lithuania’s GDP

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The European Commission predicts that Lithuania’s gross domestic product (GDP) will contract by 7.9 percent this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the country’s economy should rebound and grow 7.4 percent next year, the Commission said in its Spring 2020 Economic Forecast. According to the Commission, the heaviest blow to Lithuania’s economy will be dealt in the second quarter of 2020. However, it expects GDP growth to stage a…

Latvian film marathon viewed in 63 countries

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The annual Latvian Film Marathon on May 4 drew in more than 8600 viewers in 63 countries, said the National Film Center. This year, due to the constraints of the state of emergency, the marathon was held on the portal filmas.lv, unlike 15 previous years, when it took place at the Riga cinema “Splendid Palace”. In cooperation with the Culture Systems Information Centre (KSIC), the event was adapted to the…

Lithuania proceeds with quarantine easing: small events, more services to resume

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The Lithuanian government is moving ahead with quarantine easing. The fourth stage of the quarantine exit plan, approved on Wednesday, allows services including pre-school childcare, dental care and small outdoor events to resume. The government has also agreed to extend the nationwide quarantine, which was set to expire on May 11, until the end of the month. The quarantine easing plan allows to gradually resume a number of public activities…

Government slashes EU funding for Vilnius infrastructure

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The Lithuanian government is slashing EU funding for various infrastructural projects in Vilnius by around 41 million euros, the city’s vice-mayor has said. According to Vytautas Mitalas, the municipality has been informed about the funding cuts by various ministries and other government bodies. “They also make it clear that [funding] may be cut even more in the future,” he told BNS. “This affects projects for renovating public spaces and developing…

Estonia set precedent in UNSC by raising issue of cyber threats

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Estonia will be able to raise issues of its own in the UN Security Council while holding the rotating presidency of the Council and will not just have to stick to the set agenda, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid said on the “Valisilm” foreign affairs program of public broadcaster ERR on Monday. Kaljulaid noted that Estonia set a precedent by raising the issue of cyber threats in the Security Council, and…

COVID-19 new cases in Estonia

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Over last 24 hours, 1,659 SARS-CoV-2 virus tests causing COVID-19 were analysed, of which 8, i.e. 0.5% came back positive. Based on Population Register data, Harju County had 5 (4 in Tallinn), Lääne County had 1, Tartu County 1 new case of the coronavirus. For one person who tested positive the registered place of residence is not currently known and will be determined. As of the morning of May 5,…

Runaway drone in Latvia sparks nationwide hunt

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

A large drone went missing over Latvia on Saturday, sparking a nationwide search as well as a social media flurry in the Baltic country. The missing 5.5-metre-wide and 3.5-metre-long drone, manufactured by UAVFactory in Latvia, went missing on May 2,  according   to the country’s public broadcaster, LSM. As of May 5, it still hadn’t been located. While it continued living a life of its own, the drone managed to…

International transport could resume from May 13

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

International passenger transport by air and sea could be resumed on May 13, and transport by land on May 18, said Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits (New Conservative Party) on Latvian Radio May 6. The resumption of international passenger transport will be decided by the government at its meeting tomorrow, May 7. “I hope that we will be able to agree with neighboring Estonia and Lithuania on conditions to allow our citizens move freely within the territory of these states without the…