Posts published in October 2020

Lithuania’s liberal parties to focus on tax breaks, human rights in new coalition

Monday, October 26, 2020

Lithuania’s Liberal Movement and the Freedom Party, who are in talks to form a ruling coalition with the conservative Homeland Union, say they will focus on tax cuts and human rights in the potential centre-right government. The Liberal Movement would like the value-added tax (VAT) and the personal income tax, which were raised after the credit crunch in 2008, to be cut back to the pre-crisis levels. “In the wake…

Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda to be put under quarantine

Monday, October 26, 2020

With the number of new coronavirus infections spiking, the government has decided to put Lithuania’s three biggest cities and five other municipalities under quarantine. The special measures include compulsory facemasks and bans on groups bigger than five people. The cities of Vilnius, Kaunas, and Klaipėda as well as Širvintos, Šilalė, Trakai, Telšiai and Vilnius Districts will stay in local quarantine from Wednesday, October 28, until November 11. These eight municipalities…

No entrance through front door on Rīga public transport

Monday, October 26, 2020

From Tuesday, October 27, boarding and exit on all bus and trolley bus routes in Rīga will only be organized through the middle and rear doors, Rīgas Satiksme transport company said October 26. Ticket sale in public transport is not currently being stopped, tickets will still be available for purchase with the driver. Rīgas Satiksme asks passengers to purchase tickets prior to the ride as far as possible. If a…

Lithuania’s conservatives pledge changes in alcohol policies but no ‘revolution’

Monday, October 26, 2020

The new conservative-led government may revise some policies introduced by the current one, including on stimulus spending, but there will not be any overnight “revolutions”, according to prime minister candidate Ingrida Šimonytė. Having won the parliamentary elections, the conservative Homeland Union (TS-LKD) looks to form a ruling coalition with two liberal parties and oust the current bloc, led by the Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS), out of power. While in…

Lithuania reports sharp rise with 766 new cases

Monday, October 26, 2020

Lithuania reported 766 new coronavirus cases on Monday morning, another record-breaking daily increase. Two people died from Covid-19 over Sunday. Lithuania has confirmed 10,949 cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic. About two-thirds of them, 6,600, remain active cases, while 4,166 people have recovered. The country’s death toll now stands at 136. Forty-seven other patients who had Covid-19 have died of other causes. At the moment, 31,690 people…

COVID-19 case total increases by 79 in Latvia

Monday, October 26, 2020

On October 26 Latvia recorded 79 new cases of COVID-19, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 4,757. There were four more deaths. Two victims were in the age range 55 to 60 and two in the age range 80 to 95. Of 2,237 tests carried out 3.5% were positive, down on the 4.7% rate the previous day. A rate of more than 3% is regarded as an…

It’s a wrap for 2020 Rīga International Film Festival

Monday, October 26, 2020

The seventh Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) ended on Sunday 25 October, concluding the first time a hybrid format combining physical screenings with online shows has been used. This year, the festival lineup consisted of 129 films in 10 thematic programs and was presented in a new format – films were available for viewing in person as well as online across Latvia. Liene Treimane, the Director of RIGA IFF…

Baltic exports starting to pick up again

Monday, October 26, 2020

A new report from Swedbank suggests the exports of the Baltic states are starting to recover strongly following a hammering earlier in the year. “This year, all Baltic countries have faced a large drop in exports. In the second quarter, when the economies took the largest hit from the COVID-19 pandemic, exports decreased the most in Estonia. However, the decline in exports was the sharpest in a decade in all…

International bike trail hits dead end at Latvian highway

Monday, October 26, 2020

A European-scale  long distance bicycle trai l Eurovelo 13 , among many other places, weaves through Lilaste in Carnikava municipality. Or at least it should. According to a Latvian Television broadcast October 25, the trail stops abruptly on one side of the busy highway A1 and continues on the other side, with no means to get across. For the residents of Lilaste, as well as for guests, crossing the A1 highway is mission impossible. There is no…

Latvia might allocate a hospital for COVID-19 patients only if needed

Monday, October 26, 2020

If COVID-19 rate continues to grow rapidly, one hospital could only be dedicated to coronavirus patients, Health Minister Ilze Viņķele told Latvian Television October 26. Viņķele said it is currently not determined exactly which hospital could be converted into a specialized COVID-19 hospital should the necessity come. There are currently 250 patient beds available for COVID-19 patients, but hospitals are able to reorganize, providing space for up to 1,000 COVID-19 patients.…