Posts published in Day: November 10, 2020

Latvian authorities will provide free hygienic masks to those who have the status of needy

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

By November 20, local governments will provide free hygienic masks to their residents who have the status of needy or low-income persons, as well as to those who stay in shelters or attend day care centers, crisis centers or receive a home care service, the Welfare Ministry said November 10. This is required by the COVID-19 Infection Control Act to allow all people to comply with mandatory use of face masks in many public places. According to…

Riigikogu committee sends 2021 state budget bill to second reading

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

The finance committee of the Estonian parliament at a sitting on Tuesday voted on the amendments submitted to next year’s state budget and agreed to send the draft to the second reading at a plenary sitting on November 18. Finance committee chairman Aivar Kokk said the 44 proposed amendments were discussed and a consolidated proposal tabled by the finance committee was supported. “In this proposal, we specified the budget for…

Tallinn earmarks €86 million for public transport costs, development

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Tallinn will set aside €86 million for the running and development costs of public transport in 2021 which include the purchase of 100 new gas powered buses. By the end of next year, half of the city’s public transport will be carbon dioxide free. The budget of Tallinn for 2021 sets aside €86 million towards operating costs of the public transport system and €3.7 million euros towards investments in public…

Telia rolling out 5G services in select regions of Estonia

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Mobile operator Telia opened its 5G network on Tuesday, in a first phase covering Estonia’s three largest towns, Tallinn, Tartu and Pärnu. Andre Visse, technology manager at Telia Estonia, said the service uses a frequency resource which had already been used in mobile communication technology. “Although frequency bands for 5G in the 3.5 GHz band have not been distributed yet, the development of technology enables us to offer 5G also…

First vaccine doses could reach Lithuania in January – minister

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

The first coronavirus vaccine doses could reach Lithuania as early as January, the country’s Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga told reporters on Tuesday. “I think it’s realistic to receive the first doses in January,” the minister said. “But that doesn’t mean that all vaccines would arrive, because we could expect to receive some of them only in the second half of next year as they are in very different creation stages,”…

Vatican sanctions Lithuanian-born cardinal for sexual abuse

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

On Friday, the apostolic nunciature in Poland imposed disciplinary measures against a 97-year-old cardinal Henryk Gulbinowicz, according to the Catholic News Agency (CNA). Gulbinowicz, who was born and educated in Lithuania, was accused of covering up a priest convicted of paedophilia in the diocese of Wrocław in Poland, as well as of committing sexual offences against minors. A statement by the apostolic nunciature said that the cardinal will be subject…

Foreign trade turnover of Latvia up 7.7 % on year

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Provisional data of the Central Statistical Bureau published November 10 show that   in September 2020 the foreign trade turnover of Latvia amounted to EUR 2.7 billion, which at current prices was 7.7% more than a year ago. Exports value of goods was 13 % higher, but imports value of goods – 3.5% higher.  In September Latvia exported goods in the amount of EUR 1.28 billion, but imported – in the amount of EUR 1.43 billion. Compared to September 2019, foreign…

COVID-19 case total for Latvia increases by 208

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Latvia recorded 208 new cases of COVID-19 November 10, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), bringing the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 8,395. Of 6,731 tests carried out in total, 3.1% were positive, down on the 3.8% rate the previous day. Two deaths were also recorded, one victim aged 75 to 80 and one aged 85 to 90. So far 1,471 patients have recovered from infection and 103 have died. The…

People in Lithuania now able to register for Covid-19 test online

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Lithuania’s Health Ministry has allowed people in the country to register for a Covid-19 test online and no longer only via the 1808 coronavirus phone hotline. The ministry took the decision to ease the workload of the phone hotline, which experienced an increasing number of calls due to the rapidly growing number of new coronavirus cases. The online form is available in Lithuanian at 1808.lt. People are able to register…