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Coronavirus update: Lithuania reports 179 cases over weekend

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Lithuania has reported 99 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday and 80 on Sunday, according to the country’s health authorities. Saturday’s record figure was also the biggest daily increase of new infections in the Baltic states since the pandemic began. Forty-nine of the new cases on Saturday were reported in Šiauliai District, 31 in Vilnius District, 12 in Kaunas District, five in Panevėžys District, and one in Klaipėda and Marijampolė…

Lawyer Rebenoks victim of murder, say police

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Pāvels Rebenoks, a lawyer and until recently an adviser to the former Minister of Economics Ralfs Nemiro (KPV LV), died on Saturday night, in what is believed to be a case of murder, Latvian Television reported September 20. The murder took place at the lawyer’s home. State Police confirmed the fact that Rebenoks’ body had been found and criminal proceedings have been instituted in connection with the incident. Another injured person is linked to the case, but…

Ten new cases of COVID-19 in Latvia

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Ten new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on September 20, the total in Latvia since the start of the pandemic rising to 1,525 as a result. No new deaths were recorded, with the fatality toll remaining on 36. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 1,933 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period.  In total 295,242 tests have been carried out since February 29. So far 1,248 patients have recovered from infection. Twelve…

A slice of life: Kauguri working-class district in Jūrmala resort town

Sunday, September 20, 2020

This piece by journalist Lilita Eglīte gives a slice of life in Kauguri, the perceivedly seediest part of the Jūrmala resort town near Rīga. Up until now, Kauguri has been a foreign place for me. I have only driven through or passed it by. It’s an area of box-like highrise buildings – what’s one to do here? And the things I’ve heard about Jūrmala’s ”   Moscow suburb  “, starting from…

Vote re-count shows no change in Rīga City Council

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Re-counting of ballots at three polling stations in Rīga showed no change in mandate seat allocation in the newly elected Rīga City Council, LETA reported September 18.   LSM reported   that at two Rīga polling stations, unsealed ballots were found, the total amounting to 627; later, 34 of these were found at a third station. It was decided to invalidate the unsealed ballot envelopes and the votes contained therein. The number of mandates…

Foreign Minister discusses Belarus in UN Human Rights Council

Friday, September 18, 2020

On 18 September 2020, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, took part in an urgent debate on the human rights situation in Belarus at the United Nations Human Rights Council, Foreign Ministry said in a news release.  In his statement, the Minister invited the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare a report on the human rights situation in Belarus and, for this purpose, to establish a UN…

Lithuania joins Latvia’s quarantine country list

Friday, September 18, 2020

Southern neighbor Lithuania was added to the list of countries requiring self-isolation for 10 days for new arrivals on September 18. The news was released by the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) in its regular Friday afternoon update, as Lithuania’s 14-day cumulative average of new COVID-19 cases stands at 18.8 per 100,000 of population. The threshold applied by Latvia is 16 cases per 100,000 of population. Estonia was added…

COVID-19 case total increases by four in Latvia

Friday, September 18, 2020

Four new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on September 18, the total since the start of the pandemic now standing at 1,498 on Friday. No new deaths were recorded, with the fatality toll remaining on 36. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 2,264 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In total 290,907 tests have been carried out since February 29. So far 1,248 patients have recovered from infection. Seven…

Latvian-Estonian wind park could be ready by 2030

Friday, September 18, 2020

Economics Ministry (EM) said September 18 that the Latvian-Estonian wind energy park planned in the Gulf of Rīga could be ready by 2030. Latvia’s Minister for Economics Jānis Vitenbergs and Estonian Minister for Economy and Infrastructure Taavi Aas have both signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the project to set up a high-capacity offshore wind park of at least 700-1000 megawatts. The joint project will start with developing and exploring the…

Most Lithuanians support active stance on Belarus protests – study

Friday, September 18, 2020

Lithuanians generally support their government’s position on protests in Belarus and approve of sanctioning Alexander Lukashenko’s regime, a study by the Eastern Europe Studies Centre (EESC) in Vilnius has found. The EESC surveyed Lithuanians on their attitudes toward protests in Belarus that broke out following a contested presidential election in August. According to the results presented on Friday, 46 percent of the population agreed with the Lithuanian government’s position to…