Posts published in Day: May 12, 2020

Latvia: IT goods stolen from ELKO warehouse

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Over the weekend of May 9 and 10, a major theft occurred at a warehouse of the largest IT product distributor in the Baltic States, “ELKO Grupa” in Riga. The goods stored at the warehouse were covered by insurance and would not significantly impact the company’s activity, but due to the scale of the offense, ELKO offers up to EUR 200 000 for information that could lead to solution of…

Stroke recovery app released in Latvia

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

On May 12, European Stroke Awareness Day, an innovative remote rehabilitation tool “Vigo”, created in Latvia, has become available to patients. Due to limitations of rehabilitation facilities, especially during the COVID-19 crisis, the digital tool will be an accessible help with recovery and health improvement for thousands of people, said Elīna Līdere, spokeswoman for Latvian Mobile Telephone (LMT). The rehabilitation assistant, “Vigo”, provides digital therapy to stroke patients. It is suitable for…

Eager to restart tourism, Central Europe takes cue from Baltics

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The Baltics have created the first “travel bubble” in the EU, opening borders to each other’s citizens. Now other countries, looking to restart their tourism, look for similar solutions, Emerging Europe reports. Restarting travel and tourism in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic is the next headache facing governments across Central and Eastern Europe, particularly those in which tourism accounts for a large percentage of economic activity, such as Croatia,…

Bow hunting lands Lithuania’s environment minister in trouble

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Lithuanian environment minister’s decree allowing bow hunting has caused outrage among animal rights activist, with calls for the minister’s dismissal. Kęstutis Mažeika signed the decree amending the existing hunting rules on Friday. The document expands the list of permitted hunting methods, allowing hunting with dogs, spotlighting and bow hunting, a practice illegal in Lithuania since 2004. The decision drew instant criticism from NGOs as well as politicians in the opposition…

Coronavirus spreading at Vilnius hospital, possible outbreaks in shops

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Covid-19 infections have been spreading at Vilnius City Clinical Hospital located in the Antakalnis area of the Lithuanian capital. The National Public Health Centre has also urged to test people working in shops and pharmacies in the area. “There are three wards with infected patients. […] These are big wards with five beds and they were full of patients,” Rolanda Lingienė of the National Public Health Centre said on Tuesday.…

Coronavirus: Lithuania reports 6 new cases

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Six new coronavirus cases were diagnosed in Lithuania over Monday, the country’s National Public Health Centre said on Tuesday morning. Lithuania’s total Covid-19 infection count currently stands at 1,491. Of them, 850 people have recovered, while 587 remain active cases. So far, 50 people have died from the coronavirus. Four more people who had the disease died from other causes, according to the Centre. Over Monday, 5,821 people were tested…

Nearly 140 people cross from Poland after Lithuania relaxes restrictions

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Nearly 140 Polish citizens crossed the border into Lithuania on Monday after Lithuania eased travel restrictions for the neighbouring country. “A total of 137 Polish citizens, not including commercial vehicle drivers, crossed into Lithuania over the last 24 hours,” Giedrius Surplys, a government spokesman, told reporters on Tuesday. Starting on May 15, Latvian and Estonian citizens will also be able to enter Lithuania without the need to put themselves in…

Lithuanian CPI growth eases to 1% y/y in April

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The Lithuanian consumer price index (CPI) expanded 1% y/y in April, easing 0.8pp versus the annual reading the preceding month, Statistics Lithuania said on May 11. The slowdown came mainly on the back of prices falling in the housing and transport sectors, an effect of the falling oil prices because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that depressed the global oil market. Further easing of headline inflation is expected in the…

Latvia puts in €250mn of equity to save flag carrier airBaltic

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The Latvian government has invested €250mn equity in airBaltic, the flag carrier in which Riga holds a majority stake, to help it overcome the crisis caused by nose-diving passenger numbers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown, airBaltic said on May 7. Following the investment, the Latvian state now has a 91% stake in the airline, an increase from the 80.95% it had held prior to the investment. airBaltic has suffered from…

Tallink secures govt approval for €100 million loan

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Estonian ferry company AS Tallink Grupp has secured clearance from the government on the terms of a loan worth up to € 100 million ($108 million). The 3-year government loan is expected to help mitigate the economic pressures the company has been experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 impact on the ferry industry, especially on the passenger transport segment. The loan can be issued in EUR 10-40 million tranches…