Posts published in Day: September 18, 2020

Foreign Minister discusses Belarus in UN Human Rights Council

Friday, September 18, 2020

On 18 September 2020, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, took part in an urgent debate on the human rights situation in Belarus at the United Nations Human Rights Council, Foreign Ministry said in a news release.  In his statement, the Minister invited the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare a report on the human rights situation in Belarus and, for this purpose, to establish a UN…

Lithuania joins Latvia’s quarantine country list

Friday, September 18, 2020

Southern neighbor Lithuania was added to the list of countries requiring self-isolation for 10 days for new arrivals on September 18. The news was released by the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) in its regular Friday afternoon update, as Lithuania’s 14-day cumulative average of new COVID-19 cases stands at 18.8 per 100,000 of population. The threshold applied by Latvia is 16 cases per 100,000 of population. Estonia was added…

Taavi Aas: Coronavirus flight restrictions should be relaxed

Friday, September 18, 2020

Minister of Economic Affairs Taavi Aas concedes there is disunity within the government over what to do with coronavirus flight restrictions, as well as whether and to what extent troubled state-owned airline Nordica should continue to be supported. The European Commission last month green-lighted a €30-million state bailout for Nordica in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which at one point in spring saw practically all its flights grounded. Latvia…

COVID-19 case total increases by four in Latvia

Friday, September 18, 2020

Four new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on September 18, the total since the start of the pandemic now standing at 1,498 on Friday. No new deaths were recorded, with the fatality toll remaining on 36. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 2,264 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In total 290,907 tests have been carried out since February 29. So far 1,248 patients have recovered from infection. Seven…

Latvian-Estonian wind park could be ready by 2030

Friday, September 18, 2020

Economics Ministry (EM) said September 18 that the Latvian-Estonian wind energy park planned in the Gulf of Rīga could be ready by 2030. Latvia’s Minister for Economics Jānis Vitenbergs and Estonian Minister for Economy and Infrastructure Taavi Aas have both signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the project to set up a high-capacity offshore wind park of at least 700-1000 megawatts. The joint project will start with developing and exploring the…

Most Lithuanians support active stance on Belarus protests – study

Friday, September 18, 2020

Lithuanians generally support their government’s position on protests in Belarus and approve of sanctioning Alexander Lukashenko’s regime, a study by the Eastern Europe Studies Centre (EESC) in Vilnius has found. The EESC surveyed Lithuanians on their attitudes toward protests in Belarus that broke out following a contested presidential election in August. According to the results presented on Friday, 46 percent of the population agreed with the Lithuanian government’s position to…

Flights to Norway, Sweden could be canceled from Saturday

Friday, September 18, 2020

The coronavirus rate in Norway and Sweden has passed 25 per 100,000 – the cut off point for direct flights to and from Estonia. If the government does not add both countries to the list of exceptions flights will be suspended from Saturday. According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Norway has a two-week average infection rate of 28.6 per 100,000 inhabitants and Sweden 29.4. The…

Latvia works on saliva-based COVID-19 tests

Friday, September 18, 2020

Health Ministry’s chief infectologist Uga Dumpis said September 18 that work on the use of saliva-based tests for COVID-19 diagnostics is taking place within the framework of the National Research Program. Dumpis said that it was not yet possible to say when it could be done in practice. It would be particularly handy for testing children, who find the current method unpleasant. He explained that the method of taking saliva…

Lithuania eases facemask restrictions in bars and restaurants

Friday, September 18, 2020

Clients in bars, restaurants, and cafes will no longer be required to wear a facemask while waiting for their order, Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga announced on Friday. People will still be required to wear facemasks when entering a catering establishment. A facemask or “other face coverings” are required when “entering or exiting”, but no longer needed when “sitting at a bar or a table”, Veryga posted on Facebook. Under the…

Estonia and Latvia sign agreement for joint offshore wind farm plan

Friday, September 18, 2020

Estonia and Latvia signed a memorandum of understanding to develop an offshore wind farm this week, the first agreement of its kind in the region. Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Taavi Aas (Center) and Latvian Minister of Economic Affairs Janis Vitenbergs digitally signed the memorandum which marks the first steps taken towards the project and carrying out a cost-benefit analysis. After the states have carried out the necessary studies…