Posts published in Day: June 20, 2020

Latvia dedicates gigantic statue to Covid-19 medics

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Latvia has erected a 6-metre-tall statue dedicated to the health care workers who fought the coronavirus pandemic. Medics to the World, the enormous sculpture in the Latvian capital, Riga, shows a female doctor “who has just come out of the treatment room and is getting ready for the next shift”, said the press release by the initiators. It added that the sculpture is a sign of gratitude “to the medics…

COVID-19 case total for Latvia is 1,111

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Latvia recorded one new case of COVID-19 on June 19, with the total number of cases rising to 1,111 on Saturday.  No more fatalities were recorded, with the death toll remaining on 30. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 1,686 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period.  In total 136,537 tests have been carried out since February 29. So far 903 patients have recovered. Nine patients are in hospital, eight of whom have moderate symptoms of…

Latvia says Putin makes a bad historian

Saturday, June 20, 2020

The Latvian Foreign Ministry has released a statement June 20 pointing out that a piece of writing with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s name attached is misleading and full of inaccurate information. “The Latvian Foreign Ministry categorically rejects the assertions made in a 19 June article by Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, called “The Real Lessons of the 75th Anniversary of World War II” (in English). The Baltic States…

The essential Latvian Midsummer celebration

Saturday, June 20, 2020

The Midsummer celebration of June 23-24 – Jāņi – is almost upon us again. But if you are new to this festival which makes Christmas pale into insignificance, or if you just happen to be in the country and wonder why everyone is behaving strangely, here are a few pointers to get you up to speed. The chief activities include drinking beer by the bonfire; grilling meat; eating the traditional Midsummer…

Denmark fixed bullying: what Lithuania could learn

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Denmark went from having more bullying-cases than Lithuania today to almost none. What could the Baltic country learn from the Danish model? Giedrė Peseckytė and Amelie Klitgaard report for EUobserver, partners of LRT English. “Teacher, are you as old as that wardrobe behind you? Lived through two wars?” a student says followed by laughter. The  video showed a bullying-situation in a virtual geography class in Lithuania under the Covid-19-school lockdowns. Not…