Posts published in Day: September 10, 2020

New cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Latvia

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Officials in Latvia said five new cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed on September 10, the total since the start of the pandemic now standing at 1,448 on Thursday. No new deaths were recorded, with the fatality toll remaining on 35. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 2,284 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In total 272,381 tests have been carried out since February 29. So far 1,248 patients have recovered from…

Lithuanian mushroom pickers enjoy best season in years

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Mushroom picking is one of the most popular autumn activities in Lithuania. Although gathering delicacies could be a long and tiring process, this season’s yield is the most generous in years. Irena lives in Varėna, a city in southern Lithuanian Dzūkija region, which is the top mushroom picking destination in the country. The woman has been going to the forest every morning for about a week now, bringing home baskets…

Lithuania to shorten self-isolation time

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Lithuania will cut self-isolation time for people returning from abroad to 10 days, Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said on Thursday. “We are planning to have the new rule in place on September 15,” he told LRT RADIO. Currently, people returning from countries affected by the coronavirus must go into isolation for two weeks. People would still need to get tested for Covid-19 before leaving self-isolation, according to Prime Minister Saulius…

“Wash your hands clean to keep them free of germs!”

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Officials launched a new campaign September 9 to encourage families to wash their hands regularly and thoroughly. “Wash your hands clean to keep them free of germs!” asks parents of pre-school and primary school children to pay more attention to their own and their children’s hand hygiene by developing proper hand washing habits and a healthy attitude towards hand hygiene. Data from the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) show that only…

Latvian-Estonian border town to be exempt from self-isolation rules

Thursday, September 10, 2020

If the COVID-19 infection rate in Estonia grows, the residents of bordertown Valka-Valga will not have to comply with self-isolation when crossing the border, Health Ministry said September 8. Unlike any other territory in Latvia, the towns of Valka and Valga on the Latvian-Estonian border is a single functional territory, which is impossible to separate due to the infrastructure and facility placement, said the Ministry. To ensure normal daily lives…

Lithuania’s tuberculosis rate still among EU’s highest

Thursday, September 10, 2020

While the coronavirus has monopolised public attention, another disease, tuberculosis, remains one of the biggest unsolved health problems in Lithuania. According to the World Health Organization, more than 55,000 people in Europe had tuberculosis (TB) in 2017. In Lithuania, there were 1,378 confirmed TB cases in 2017, 1,145 in 2018, and 1,058 in 2019. Although the situation in the country is improving, the change is too slow to catch up…

Latvian annual mushroom madness

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Latvians succumb to a fungal frenzy come autumn: social media full to the brim with envious comments on the catch of the day, the best locations guarded from greedy knives and hands. Meanwhile, Latvian Museum of Natural History offers the annual mushroom exhibition. The exhibition groups fungi into four categories: edible, inedible, poisonous, protected. Cooking tips included (hopefully not for the latter categories). Information is available also in English. Latvia…

Adoption process of Latvian children abroad to be improved

Thursday, September 10, 2020

The Saeima responsible commission agreed to improve the procedures for the adoption and post-adoption supervision of Latvian children abroad, Latvian Television reported September 9. Until now, Latvia received very little information about children adopted abroad. Members have also  agreed to temporarily ban child adoption   abroad until the laws are fully settled. This does not affect children whose adoption processes have already started. The process and the way in which the…