Posts published in Day: May 18, 2020

Coronavirus: 6 new cases, 3 deaths in Lithuania

Monday, May 18, 2020

Lithuania confirmed six new coronavirus cases over Sunday, the country’s Health Ministry said on Monday morning. One Covid-19 patient passed away in Vilnius Clinical Hospital. So far, Lithuania has reported 1,547 infections and 59 coronavirus deaths. Six more people who had been diagnosed with the virus died from other causes, according to the ministry. About two-thirds of the infected, 997, have already recovered, while 485 remain active cases. On Sunday,…

Wizzair, Finnair, Belavia wish to resume flights from Riga Airport

Monday, May 18, 2020

Hungarian low-price airline Wizzair, Finnish airline Finnair and Belarusian airline Belavia are interested to resume flights from Riga International Airport, said airport board chair Laila Odiņa on May 18. She said they are keen not only on flying but also the security measures introduced at the airport. Odiņa welcomes the fact that Riga airport can resume flights, stressing that it is important not just for the airport itself but also the…

Lithuania becomes China’s postal hub in Europe

Monday, May 18, 2020

Europe’s first postal train from China arrived in Lithuania in April. Despite heralding stronger economic ties between the two countries, a string of diplomatic incidents with Beijing are casting doubts on the political costs of doing business with China. Completing a journey of over 10,000 kilometres, the train arrived in the Lithuanian capital from China’s Chongqing on April 14. The trains will soon run once per week,  according   to…

Vilnius hospital under scrutiny after 7 patients die from Covid-19

Monday, May 18, 2020

After seven patients died from Covid-19 in a Vilnius hospital, the authorities are planning to turn to prosecutors for an investigation. Vilnius City Clinical Hospital, located in the Antakalnis area of the Lithuanian capital, has been one of the coronavirus hotspots in the country. “In total, around 33 percent of all patients who got infected in Vilnius City Clinical Hospital have died,” Ginreta Megelinskienė of the National Public Health Centre…

Lithuanian cafes no longer required to ensure 10 metres per customer

Monday, May 18, 2020

Lithuania’s government has removed the requirements for bars, cafes and restaurants to ensure a space of 10 square metres per customer during the coronavirus quarantine. The previous rule made the prospects of reopening unfeasible for many businesses. Catering establishments will no longer “have to limit the flow of people and ensure a space of at least 10 square metres per customer,” Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelius said on Monday. “The basic…

No more on-site COVID-19 tests at airport and port

Monday, May 18, 2020

As scheduled flights resume, COVID-19 tests will no longer be carried out on-site at the airport and port of Riga, said the Ministry of Health on May 18. Arriving persons will be able to apply for tests in general order, by contacting their GP or by calling 8303. The changes take effect on Monday, May 18. Until now, COVID-19 tests at the airport and port were provided  by the Emergency…

Belarus to import US oil via Lithuania

Monday, May 18, 2020

A first shipment of US oil for Belarus will arrive in the Lithuanian port of Klaipėda in early June. Pompeo said on May 15 that the deal strengthens Belarusian sovereignty and independence and “demonstrates that the United States is ready to deliver trade opportunities for American companies interested in entering the Belarusian market”. It also fulfills a commitment the United States made to Belarus when Pompeo visited Minsk in February…

LGBT rights survey shows progress in Lithuania

Monday, May 18, 2020

Eleventh ILGA-Europe Rainbow Map, an annual survey of LGBT rights in European countries, shows little progress in Lithuania over the last year. The survey by ILGA-Europe, an international non-governmental umbrella group of over 600 organisations in Europe and Central Asia, warns that even once-leading countries in Europe are falling behind in their commitments to equality for LGBT people. The report  , released last week, scores the countries on a number…

Plant wonders: Delicious Dandelion

Monday, May 18, 2020

May is in full bloom, and natural treasures are everywhere. One of the most valuable plants worth harvesting now is the dandelion, says expert and doctor of pharmaceutics Vija Eniņa. The great thing about dandelions is that they’re free – all that is needed is the time to go somewhere away from traffic, harvest the nature’s gift, and dust them off. Both dandelion flowers and leaves can be collected. They can…

U.S. bombers punish Estonia

By Vairis Godmanis on Monday, May 18, 2020

At the beginning of this month two U.S. Air Force strategic bombers B-1B Lancer conducted training bombing in mid-air at the Tapa training ground in Estonia. This training area is located about 100 km from the borders of the Leningrad region of Russia. The tests were conducted as part of the NATO Spring Storm exercises. The press service of the General Staff of the Estonian Defense Forces reported that maneuvers…