Posts published in Day: November 5, 2020

Conspiracy theorists stalk Lithuania’s hospitals calling Covid-19 a hoax

Thursday, November 5, 2020

As Lithuania is reporting record-breaking daily increases in coronavirus infections, conspiracy theorists are trying to prove the pandemic is not real by filming supposedly empty hospital wards. A man, identifying himself as Tomas, posted photos on social media last Saturday, describing what he said were empty rooms at the Santara Clinic in Vilnius, one of the country’s several designated hospitals treating coronavirus patients. Tomas claimed to have spent an hour…

Lithuania rolls out coronavirus notification app

Thursday, November 5, 2020

A mobile application notifying users if they’ve been in close proximity to someone with the coronavirus has been launched in Lithuania. Free to download from Google Play and App Store, the KoronaStopLT app will record people’s closeness to infected people. The new app will use Bluetooth to communicate with other devices it is installed on. “It warns users that over the past 14 days they have been in very close…

European Commission predicts 5.6% GDP contraction for Latvia this year

Thursday, November 5, 2020

The latest economic forecasts from the European Commission predict that Latvia’s economy will shrink by 5.6% this year. While that is still a major economic hit, it is better than the eurozone average. Though the EC text talked about a “5½%” decline in GDP, accompanying data tables and comments from EC Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis quoted a figure of 5.6%. “Latvia’s GDP is projected to decline by 5½% in 2020 with consumption…

Decision-makers should see through the eyes of society, says Viņķele

Thursday, November 5, 2020

If expert-suggested restrictions leave part of the population jobless, the public will comply with them to a much lesser degree, Minister for Health Ilze Vinķele wrote in her blog, LETA reported November 5. “I will repeat again and again, no matter how unpleasant it is to hear: the COVID-19 crisis is much wider than [just] epidemiological,” said the politician. The Minister pointed out that summer had to be spent conducting…

Regulator: Latvia, Estonia cannot currently import Russian electricity

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Latvia and Estonia cannot start electricity trade via their interconnections with Russia based on a new trilateral Baltic methodology until it has been approved by all three market regulators, Lithuania’s National Energy Regulatory Council (VERT) said on Wednesday. But this is disputed by Estonia’s Elering. The Lithuanian regulator has yet to approve the new methodology. Following Tuesday’s launch of Belarus’ Astravyets nuclear power plant, the current trilateral Baltic methodology on…

Dismissed official accuses Lithuanian health minister of ‘political retribution’

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Lithuania’s health minister has fired Saulius Čaplinskas, director of the Centre for Communicable Diseases and AIDS, saying he failed to perform his duties. Čaplinksas argues political reasons are behind the move. Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga confirmed to BNS that he signed on Wednesday a decree to dismiss Čaplinskas from the post he had held since 1989. “He is being dismissed because of a number of violations of work discipline and…

Lithuania rolls out coronavirus tracking app

Thursday, November 5, 2020

A mobile application notifying users if they’ve been in close proximity to someone with the coronavirus has been launched in Lithuania. Free to download from Google Play and App Store, the KoronaStopLT app will record people’s closeness to infected people. The new app will use Bluetooth to communicate with other devices it is installed on. “It warns users that over the past 14 days they have been in very close…

Magnetic MRO looking for bright spots in coronavirus crisis

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Estonian aircraft maintenance company Magnetic MRO took the opportunity last week to join Prime Minister Jüri Ratas’ (Center) official visit to France, meeting with President Emmanuel Macron, as it hunts for opportunities in a sector ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic. Magnetic has already been producing details for French-founded European aerospace giant Airbus for several years. The coronavirus era has hit the company as it has others – Magnetic MRO had…

Tallinn city budget stands at €861.5 million for 2021

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Tallinn City Government’s draft 2021 budget stands at €861.5 million, a 4.6 rise on this year’s budget. Investments in the draft budget, which has yet to pass and is separate from the national state budget currently being debated at the Riigikogu, are penciled-in at €165.6 million, a 17 percent increase on year. Most investments are slated for road construction, education and the city’s transport, Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart (Center) says, and…

Another record number of new COVID-19 cases in Latvia

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Latvia confirmed 367 new cases of COVID-19 on November 5, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), bringing the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 7,119. It is the largest daily tally of new cases yet recorded, for the second day in a row. However, it was also the day on which the largest number of tests in a single day were conducted, also for the…