Posts published in Day: October 12, 2020

Public health expert: Masks should be worn wherever people gather

Monday, October 12, 2020

Face masks should be worn everywhere people gather, Professor Ģirts Briģis, head of the public health and epidemiology department of Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU), said in an interview to Latvian Radio October 12. Briģis said that the face mask does not fully protect from infection, as it may get through the fabric. However, it does slow down spread of the virus with saliva. Any mask with multiple layers of fabric may be effective…

Lithuania’s Labour Party comes surprise third, says ready to join any coalition

Monday, October 12, 2020

What do Lithuania’s parties have to say following the first round of parliamentary elections? LRT English presents key takeaways. Labour Party ready to join whichever coalition is in power The Lithuanian Labour Party said on Monday they were ready to cooperate with whoever is tasked with forming the next government. “No matter on which side the government is formed, we are ready to cooperate,” Viktor Uspaskich, whose party came in…

Bank of Estonia: Emergency situation did not worsen financial positions

Monday, October 12, 2020

The emergency situation did not make the financial position of households and companies in Estonia worse overall, it appears from financial account statistics for the second quarter published by the Bank of Estonia (Eesti Pank) on Monday. Net lending by the Estonian economy as a whole totaled €454 million. The Estonian economy has been a provider of finance to the rest of the world for a long time by now,…

Transport Minister: new train purchase could be delayed in Latvia

Monday, October 12, 2020

Rejection of the idea of old vehicle tax calls for a review of several plans, for example, purchase of new passenger  trains, said Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits  to Latvian Radio October 12. The Ministry of Transport  planned to charge approximately EUR 15 million per year with a second-hand car registration fee. This money was intended to be used for repairs of regional and local roads and starting the construction of bicycle lanes along the…

Latvian ministry of defence shifted its responsibility to the society

By Viktors Domburs on Monday, October 12, 2020

In October, the Pilskalns 2020 exercise has been held in four Latvian cities: Madona, Sigulda, Alūksne and Smiltene. The event is organized by the Ministry of Defence and the Vidzeme 2nd Brigade of National Guard in cooperation with the local authorities in order to train local civil protection commissions. The system of civil protection in Latvia is formed by the state institutions, local governments, merchants and all able-bodied citizens and…

Four-year wait wasted for cystic fibrosis patient

Monday, October 12, 2020

Alise Kukaine, patient of cystic fibrosis, has quit the four-year waitlist for lung transplantation. In these years, Latvia has not managed to join any organization that might make it easier to get a donor, Latvian Television reported October 10. For four years, Alise and her family have waited for a call that a lung transplant is available and the operation can be done in Tartu, Estonia. The wait is over.…

After topping polls, Lithuania’s conservatives call for more women in cabinet

Monday, October 12, 2020

What do Lithuania’s parties have to say following the first round of parliamentary elections? LRT English presents key takeaways. Conservatives eye broad coalition A broad ruling coalition could be formed in Lithuania’s next parliament to meet the expectations of a wide range of voters, Gabrielius Landsbergis, the leader of the Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD), said on Monday after his party scored a victory in the first round of the…

Latvia’s COVID-19 case total increases by 95

Monday, October 12, 2020

Monday, October 12 brought 95 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Latvia, a figure that is among the highest since the start of the pandemic. In total 2,765 cases of coronavirus have now been recorded in Latvia. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 2,169 tests were conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In total 364,012 tests have been carried out since February 29. So far 1,325 patients have recovered from infection and 40 have died. The SPKC…

Latvia: Foreign Ministry, Interior Ministry team up to tackle human trafficking

Monday, October 12, 2020

On 12 October, to mark EU Anti-trafficking Day, the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are launching a joint information and awareness-raising campaign for the autumn of 2020. Titled “A Victim of Human Trafficking?”, the aim of the campaign is to engage with the public and raise awareness of trafficking in its various forms, the risks and consequences of being trafficked and the opportunities for receiving assistance. In…

Lithuania reports 125 new coronavirus cases

Monday, October 12, 2020

Lithuania confirmed 125 new coronavirus cases, the National Public Health Centre (NVSC) reported on Monday morning. In 55 cases, public health officials could not trace the source of infection, according to the NVSC. Five people tested positive for Covid-19 after returning from abroad: two from the UK and one each from Estonia, Germany and Poland. In all, Lithuania has confirmed 6,248 coronavirus infections since the start of the pandemic. Of…