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Coronavirus update: 40 new cases in Lithuania, bringing the total to 811

Sunday, April 5, 2020

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Lithuania has risen to 811, the Lithuanian government reported on Sunday morning. Forty new cases were diagnosed on Saturday. A total of 2,269 samples were tested on Saturday, bringing the total number of tests to 23,645. A first case of the coronavirus was reported in Varėna region in southeastern Lithuania. “A [senior patient] was brought to Santara Clinics in Vilnius,” said the mayor…

Coronavirus: 771 confirmed cases in Lithuania, 83-year-old doctor the latest victim

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Seventy-five new  coronavirus   cases were diagnosed in Lithuania over Friday, bringing the country’s total count to 771. A woman in her 80s died from the disease on Saturday, the tenth Covid-19 victim in the country. The woman had been treated in Klaipėda University Hospital, the Ministry of Health said. She was later identified as Stanislava Bukartienė, an 83-year-old retired medical doctor, by her daughter on Facebook. Ten people have…

President Levits thanks NATO troops on alliance’s birthday

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Latvian President Egils Levits delivered a special message to NATO personnel April 4, marking the 71st birthday of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in which he thanked them for their contribution to Latvia’s security. You can read the text below and see him deliver the mesage in English above.    Generals, officers, soldiers of NATO stationed in Latvia,   On the 4th of April 1949 the NATO founding nations pledged to stand together…

Coronavirus cases in Latvia now number 533

Sunday, April 5, 2020

A further 24 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Latvian territory April 5, raising the total number of cases from 509 on Saturday to 533 on Sunday. The new figure was released by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) which said 1,300 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In total 20,680 tests have been carried out since February 29. 44 patients are in hospital, most of whom have moderate symptoms of the disease…

Toilet paper as a symbol of the coronavirus crisis

Sunday, April 5, 2020

People have been stockpiling products in reaction to the  coronavirus   crisis, highlighting one of the world’s most underestimated of cultural assets: toilet paper. When was it invented and what did people use before that? In a video clip that has since gone viral, a man orders takeout coffee. Instead of a wallet, he pulls out a roll of toilet paper, tears off two sheets and lays them on the…

Second COVID-19 related death confirmed in Latvia

Sunday, April 5, 2020

A second COVID-19 related death has been registered in Latvia, the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) informed the LETA newswire April 4. The male victim was a resident of the Zilais Krusts homeless shelter in Riga and had other chronic illnesses. As  previously reported by LSM  , the shelter has been a virus hotsport, registering numerous cases. The SPKC said that the man had not been hospitalized and did not have…

Situation with truck line at Latvian-Lithuanian border has improved

Saturday, April 4, 2020

The situation with delivery trucks waiting in a long line to cross the Latvian-Lithuanian border at Grenctale improved this morning, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) said in an interview to Latvian Television. The minister said that the queue built up after Lithuanian authorities decided to conduct additional document checks for all trucks crossing into Lithuania and to measure drivers’ body temperature because of the Covid-19 threat. The Latvian Foreign…

Covid-19 Estonia: 1.5 mln protective masks to be distributed to state’s front-line workers

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Estonian Minister of Public Administration Jaak Aab said that the distribution of altogether 1.5 million masks and other personal protective equipment to healthcare and care institutions, as well as state and local government agencies, was launched, reported LETA/BNS. “We are trying to operate as quickly as possible so that the necessary personal protective equipment reaches front-line institutions and their employees all over Estonia,” Aab, who has also been appointed chief…

Coronavirus update: 771 confirmed cases in Lithuania, 83-year-old doctor the latest victim

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Seventy-five new  coronavirus   cases were diagnosed in Lithuania over Friday, bringing the country’s total count to 771. A woman in her 80s died from the disease on Saturday, the tenth Covid-19 victim in the country. The woman had been treated in Klaipėda University Hospital, the Ministry of Health said. She was later identified as Stanislava Bukartienė, an 83-year-old retired medical doctor, by her daughter on Facebook. Ten people have…

Number of coronavirus cases in Latvia passes 500 mark

Saturday, April 4, 2020

A further 16 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Latvian territory April 4, raising the total number of cases from 493 on Friday to 509 on Saturday. The new figure was released by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) which said 1,182 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In total 19,380 tests have been carried out since February 29. 29 patients are in hospital, most of whom have moderate symptoms of the disease…