Posts published in Baltic states

Lighting up for Christmas. Lithuanian towns unveil their decorations

Friday, November 27, 2020

With less than a month remaining until Christmas, Lithuania’s towns and cities are bringing out their decorations. Due to coronavirus restrictions, Christmas tree lighting ceremonies will take place without audiences, but most will be broadcast online or on TV. Here is how you can take part in the festivities across Lithuania from home.  Vilnius   The city’s main Christmas tree on Cathedral Square will be lit this Saturday, November 28.…

Coronavirus update: 2,339 new cases confirmed in Lithuania

Friday, November 27, 2020

Lithuania reported 2,339 new coronavirus cases on Friday morning. Twenty-two patients died of Covid-19 over the previous day, Lithuania’s Statistics Department said. Over 12,000 people were tested for the infection over Thursday. In all, 56,095 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the country since the start of the pandemic. Of them, 41,897 are active cases, while 13,514 people have recovered. In all, 471 people in Lithuania have died of Covid-19…

No extra measures ‘at this stage’ as coronavirus detected at Lithuanian mink farm – minister

Friday, November 27, 2020

Lithuania is not planning to take any additional safety measures “at this stage” after the coronavirus was detected at a mink farm in the country, according to acting Health Ministry Aurelijus Veryga. “We see from the international community, from international organisations, that there are no recommendations to take any additional safety measures at this stage,” the minister told LRT RADIO on Friday morning. “Our veterinary service and the National Public…

Coronavirus: 2,104 new cases, 17 deaths in Lithuania

Friday, November 27, 2020

Lithuania has registered 2,104 new coronavirus infections and another 17 deaths from Covid-19 over the past 24 hours, the country’s statistics office said on Thursday morning.  Another eight coronavirus-infected persons have died of other causes. A total of 53,757 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Lithuania since the start of the pandemic. Some 40,459 people are still ill with the virus and 12,655 have recovered. The death toll…

LRT English Newsletter: Lithuania’s new Metallica-loving prime minister

Friday, November 27, 2020

LRT English Newsletter – November 27, 2020 Lithuania has a new prime minister. The former finance minister – and  Metallica fan   – Ingrida Šimonytė was  approved by the parliament   on Tuesday, although not without some suspense. The ruling coalition did not have all the votes after an entire liberal group was sent home to self-quarantine. She now has two weeks to get her  cabinet   signed off by…

LIVE: Isaiah Berlin Day lecture

Thursday, November 26, 2020

November 26 sees the delivery of the annual Isaiah Berlin Day lecture, given in honor of the Rīga-born British philosopher and political theorist. This year’s lecturer is Canadian academic  Margaret Macmillan   who will be speaking on the subject “Isaiah Berlin, History and the World of Today”. MacMillan is a professor at the University of Toronto and professor emeritus at Oxford University. She is one of the leading experts on the history…

Farm worker could have got coronavirus from minks, Lithuania’s NVSC says

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Five workers were isolated after coronavirus was found among minks at a farm in central Lithuania. While the owners say that animals got infected from a previously diagnosed farm worker, public health officials say there is a possibility it was the other way round. Five people at the Danmink farm in Jonava District were isolated because they had contact with the infected worker, Lithuania’s National Public Health Centre (NVSC) told…

Latvia might face even more rules and restrictions

Thursday, November 26, 2020

The situation with COVID-19 in the country is “very, very serious”, Health Minister Ilze Viņķele said at a press conference November 26. Last 24 hours saw the  highest-ever number   of COVID-19 cases recorded in a single day in Latvia. The number of hospitalized patients is also growing at record speed, and healthcare system is almost at the point where many outpatient services will have to be cancelled. The Minister…

Vilnius signs €7m national concert hall contract with Spanish architects

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Vilnius has signed a 7-million-euro contract with Spain’s Arquivio Architects, whose design for the new national concert hall in the Lithuanian capital won an earlier competition. The complex will be built on top of Tauras Hill in place of the now-demolished Palace of Trade Unions. “Paradoxically, we are signing such an important agreement for Vilnius at a time when concert halls’ activities have been suspended almost all over the world,”…

Social protection expenditure in Latvia increased by 7.6% last year

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Provisional data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) published November 24 s how that in 2019 Latvian social protection expenditure accounted for almost 5 billion or EUR 4 775.6 million. It has grown by EUR 335.4 million or 7.6 %, compared to 2018. Expenditure on sickness and heath care grew by 15.0 %, on survivors’ support by 12.0 %, on old-age pensions and on material support for old age by 5.5 %. Social protection expenditure…