Posts published in Day: October 13, 2020

Latvia’s COVID-19 case total rises by 75

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Tuesday, October 13 brought 75 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Latvia. In total 2,840 cases of coronavirus have now been recorded in the country. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 4,433 tests were conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In total 368,445 tests have been carried out since February 29. So far 1,325 patients have recovered from infection and 40 have died. Data from the National Health Service (NVD) show that the  number of patients…

Competition Authority will not publish pharma transactions to ministry

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The Competition Authority License stated to the Ministry of Social Affairs it will not publish transactions conducted during the pharmacy reform as they are considered trade secrets. The social affairs ministry sent a long letter to the Competition Authority a month ago asking for an investment into transactions relating to the pharmacy reform and the pharmaceutical wholesale market, in order to assess whether any specific businesses have an unproportional dominant…

Steam spotted rising from Belarusian nuclear plant near Lithuania

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

On October 10, Lithuania’s border guards reported steam rising from one of the chimneys at the Belarusian nuclear plant, located some 30 kilometres from the Lithuanian border. “The plant is being launched, [we will] need to get used to the steam,” Michailas Demčenko from Lithuania’s State Nuclear Power Safety Inspectorate (VATESI) told BNS. According to VATESI, there has been no increase in radiation in Lithuania. On October 12, the Belarusian…

Older pupils in all schools will learn remotely for one week

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

In the week after the autumn holiday, learning process will be remote for all grade 7-12 pupils in Latvia, Education Minister Ilga Šuplinska told Latvian Television October 13. The Minister said that  model C  , which means remote learning, is already practiced in Latvia. For example,  Natālijas Draudzinas High School is in quarantine. Pupils have autumn holidays next week, and Šuplinska hopes that this will help calm feelings, stress and uncertainty. After the holiday,…

Lithuanian composer Kęstutis Antanėlis passes away

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The Lithuanian composer, architect and painter Kęstutis Antanėlis has passed away at the age of 69. The news was confirmed to BNS on Tuesday by Arūnas Navakas, Antanėlis’ friend and fellow composer. Antanėlis is best known as the composer of Love and Death in Verona, a 1982 rock opera based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. He was also the first in Europe to stage Andrew Lloyd Webber’ Jesus Christ…

Lithuania reports 118 new cases, infections spread among the young

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Lithuania’s National Public Health Centre (NVSC) has reported 118 new cases of Covid-19 diagnosed over Monday. Three people died of the disease. Two deaths were reported in Šiauliai County, northern Lithuania, and one in Kaunas County. Two of the victims were in their 80s and had chronic conditions, according to the NVSC. One was diagnosed on October 2, the other one on September 22. The third patient was in their…

President Kaljulaid: Three Seas Initative does not compete with EU

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

President Kersti Kaljulaid confirmed that the Three Seas Initative (3SI), a forum of twelve states on the coasts of the Baltic, Adriatic and the Black Sea, does not compete with the European Union but is rather attempting to bring the region’s countries to the levels of Western European states. Kaljulaid told ETV’s foreign news show “Välisilm” on Monday that the3SIwill not create divides between Western and Eastern Europe. The president…

Lithuanian reserves ‘above billion euros’, able to withstand pandemic

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Lithuania is financially capable to withstand another coronavirus wave, Finance Minister Vilius Šapoka said on Tuesday, adding that the government is unlikely to reintroduce the stringent quarantine measures that were in place last spring. “We expect our reserves to remain above a billion euros at the end of the year,” Šapoka told LRT RADIO. “I think this is a good result as we have to be ready for other scenarios,…

Most difficult time for banks in Estonia has passed

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The Estonian Financial Supervision Authority (FSA) has said the most difficult time for banks during the coronavirus crisis has passed and at the end of the second quarter requests for loan holidays has ceased. In the second quarter (April, May and June), the loan stock of the banking sector decreased by 0.7 percent year-on-year to €27.5 billion. In the previous quarter (January, February and March), the loan balance grew by 0.9…

Minsk fires its honorary consul in Lithuania

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Belarus’ Foreign Ministry has told Nikolai Logvin, its only honorary consul in Lithuania, that he is no longer in the post, Lrytas.lt has reported. “I have not received any official document showing that I am being removed from my duties,” Logvin told the news website. “In late September, a Belarusian Foreign Ministry official called me to inform me that my functions had ended,” he said. “That’s all the news I…