Posts published in Day: October 27, 2020

Latvian Economics Ministry outlines aid mechanisms for tourism sector

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

The fight against the spread of COVID-19 and the restrictions introduced have hit tourism sector hard, so the Ministry of Economy will offer three measures to support the sector, EM said in a statement October 27. These measures are protection of commercial activity, cost reduction, and boosting turnover. “The sector has actually stopped: the international passenger flow has been disrupted and the low season has begun, resulting in a significant…

Latvian government announces new anti-COVID message: “Home, Work, Fresh Air”

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Latvia’s government announced further measures October 27 designed to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Ahead of back-to-back meetings of the Crisis Management Council and the Cabinet, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš had indicated that the main focus would be on learning from the experience of other countries so the virus does not win by discussing how to prevent hospital overcrowding and a knock-on crisis in healthcare, how to ramp up testing capacity and how to…

Estonian military chief suggests joint Baltic satellite project

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Martin Herem, head of the Estonian Defence Forces, said the Baltic states should step up military cooperation and proposed a joint military satellite project. “We can talk about different aspects here, but when considering the technological situation, then we could potentially start our own satellite programme,” said Major General Martin Herem,  according   to the Estonian public broadcaster ERR News. He said the capability would give a real-time overview of…

Lithuania: Social democrat leader loses election by 5 votes after recount

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Gintautas Paluckas, the leader of the Social Democratic Party (LSDP), lost the run-off vote in his single-member constituency after a recount gave a 5-ballot lead to his conservative opponent Edmundas Pupinis. On Sunday night, the Central Electoral Commission reported a tie between the two candidates in the Utena single-member constituency, with each getting 7,075 votes. The commission then did a recount and added several mail-in ballots that it said had…

Vilnius hospital warns it is running out of Covid-19 beds

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

The management of Santara Clinic in Vilnius, one of Lithuania’s hospitals treating coronavirus patients, say the situation is “critical” as the hospital has nearly reached its capacity. “We are already past [the critical threshold of] 70 percent and we have already reached a bed occupancy level of 80 percent,” Aušra Bilotienė-Motiejūnienė, director for management at Santara Clinic, told reporters on Tuesday. “We have five dedicated beds left in our infectious…

Lithuania is looking at snowless winter second year in a row

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Climate scientists may have bad news for those looking forward to a white winter. Just like last year, Lithuania may experience a snowless winter again. While long-term weather forecasts can be wildly inaccurate, existing data suggest that the coming winter in Lithuania will be warm, according to Justinas Kilpys, a climatologist and researcher at Vilnius University’s Faculty of Chemistry and Geosciences. “It seems that warmer winter trends of the last…

136 new COVID-19 cases found in Latvia; three deaths recorded

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

On October 27 Latvia confirmed 136 new cases of COVID-19, returning to three-digit figures after Monday’s 79, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 4,893. Three more deaths were recorded, all in the age range 60 to 70. Of 5,093 tests carried out 2.7% were positive, down on the 3.5% rate the previous day. A rate of more than 3% is regarded as…

Social study examines popular beliefs on COVID-19 in Latvia

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

As the number of people infected with COVID-19 continues to rise, social media has created two user camps. Social sciences expert, Rīga Stradiņš University professor Anda Rožukalne is conducting a study on believers and non-believers in COVID-19 in Latvia. One group of social media users rises against masks, the other is shocked that there are a huge number of people who do not believe in the existence of the virus, do not wear…

Lithuania may need strict quarantine in November – scientists

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Under the worst-case scenario, a strict quarantine in Lithuania may be necessary as early as the beginning of November, the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) said on Tuesday. Uncontrollable hotspots are dominating in the country and the spread of the virus might even exceed the worst-case projections, the scientists said, who based the projects on their own data and those of the Lithuanian Energy Institute. They have carried out…

Everything looks good on paper in Russia ­– even CSTO

By Zintis Znotiņš on Tuesday, October 27, 2020

The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) was established on 15 May 1992 after Russia’s initiative and can be considered the ideological heir to the Warsaw Pact, albeit of a considerably lesser quality. Russia was aware that the previous military bloc it headed has come to its end, so it was required to establish a new one in order to stand against NATO. Thus, the CSTO was created but it can’t…