Posts published in Day: May 13, 2020

Psychologists to accompany ambulances in Lithuania’s capital

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Ambulances arriving at a scene of an incident in Vilnius will be accompanied by psychologists who will provide counselling to the victims and anyone else affected, according to a press release by the municipality. “There is a fundamental difference between common practice where psychologists and volunteers counsel people […] and when this service is offered to people affected by a sudden disaster or shock practically at the scene of an…

Lithuania calls on WHO to invite Taiwan to international assembly

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius on Wednesday called on the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) to invite Taiwan to next week’s assembly. World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of WHO, will focus on the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. “I emphasised that we respect and do not question the One China policy, but […] Taiwan’s participation as an observer would be helpful.” Linkevičius told BNS after his conversation…

Lithuania eases restrictions: indoor cafes to open, masks no longer mandatory

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The Lithuanian government is moving ahead with the next phase of easing quarantine measures.  Starting on Thursday, facemasks and cover will no longer be mandatory in most public places, and indoor restaurants and cafes will allowed to reopen on Monday. Meanwhile, Lithuanian Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga has said the quarantine will be extended beyond May 31.  From May 14   The wearing of facemasks in outdoor public spaces will no…

Press Release: DEFENDER-Europe 20 Plus

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

After careful assessment and planning between U.S. Army Europe and the Polish Ministry of Defense, exercise Allied Spirit, a DEFENDER-Europe 20 linked exercise, originally scheduled for May, will take place at Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area, Poland, June 5-19. Modified from its original design to ensure the safety of Soldiers due to COVID-19, the U.S. and Polish bilateral exercise will feature a Polish airborne operation and a U.S.-Polish division-size river crossing.…

Latvian intelligence names China, Russia a threat

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Latvia’s yearly security assessment named China a growing cyber and espionage threat, alongside risks posed by Russia’s historical revisionism and foreign policy. Warsaw Institute, a think tank in Poland, analyses the report. Chinese influence in the Baltics At the end of April, the Constitution Protection Bureau (SAB), Latvia’s most important intelligence service, published an annual report, reviewing threats to the national security of their country. A major part of the report concerned…

Estonia passes ‘Huawei law’ for telecom security reviews

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Estonia’s parliament approved on Tuesday a new Electronics Communications Act to ensure security reviews for telecom gear needed in the development of future networks. The act, which lawmakers dubbed the “Huawei law” in reference to the Chinese telecommunications company, leaves detailed implementation to the government and includes intelligence services among the reviewing authorities. European Union and trans-atlantic NATO alliance member Estonia shares the U.S. government’s security worries over new 5G networks. Washington…

UN council tries again to agree on COVID-19 resolution

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The UN Security Council is trying again to reach agreement on its first resolution since the coronavirus pandemic started circling the globe over two months ago, but a dispute between the U.S. and China over mentioning the World Health Organization remains unresolved. The United States on Friday objected to a proposed resolution drafted by France and Tunisia after diplomats said it had agreed to compromise language with China that didn’t…

Coronavirus update: 14 new cases diagnosed in Lithuania

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Lithuania confirmed 14 new coronavirus cases, bringing the country’s total infection count to 1,505, the Health Ministry announced on Wednesday. The number of active Covid-19 cases currently stands at 537, according to the ministry, while 908 people have recovered. Fifty-four people have died from the coronavirus in Lithuania so far. Four deaths were reported over Tuesday. Six more people who had the disease died from other causes, according to the…

Swedbank says Latvian GDP to fall 7.5% this year

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

A new Economic Outlook report from the region’s largest retail bank, Swedbank, contains latest predictions about the economic challenges presented by the coronavirus crisis. For Latvia, that means an economic contraction of around 7.5% and unemployment of just under 10%, according to the latest data. “With the coronavirus hitting the services sector in March, economic activity in Latvia declined by 1.4% annually in the first quarter of 2020, following an already…

Latvian manufacturer faces crisis with shields

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Facing problems caused by COVID-19, laser equipment production company DK Robotics has started producing face shields, said chairman Dainis Kļaviņš to Latvian Radio on May 13. DK Robotics, located in the Rēzekne municipality, experienced a drop in demand of their regular production and resolved to facial shield manufacturing. Although the company continues to receive orders from local medical institutions, the National Guard and enterprises, DK Robotics does not plan to…