Posts published in Baltic states

Lithuanian health minister: Some respirators ordered from China faulty

Friday, April 3, 2020

Some of the respirators delivered from China on Saturday do not fit properly and are only “40–80 percent effective,” Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said on Thursday evening. “The supplier agreed to change the low quality respirators with a new batch,” said Veryga. The faulty ones will be used as simple facemasks in lower-risk environments, he said, adding that they were still produced from material of appropriate quality. The Lithuaniana authorities…

Scientists: Around 200 people may die from coronavirus in Lithuania

Friday, April 3, 2020

The novel  coronavirus   may claim around 200 lives in Lithuania, but the spread of Covid-19 will depend very much on the use of protective measures, according to a model presented by Vilnius University researchers. According to one forecast, which Professor Remigijus Leipus has termed the “realistic scenario,” the total number of deaths from the coronavirus in the country will stand at 208. If the predictions prove to be correct,…

Can you engineer a virus?

Friday, April 3, 2020

Popular conspiracy theories maintain that the new coronavirus may have been purposefully developed by scientists. LRT FACTS asks virology experts how virus labs operate and if it were possible, or likely, that scientists could be working on an artificial contagion.  Is it possible to make a virus? As the new coronavirus captured public imagination, Lithuanian online forums have filled with conspiracy theories: the coronavirus was “spread on purpose,” came from…

Weekend in Latvia: Music, bar crawl and brain training

Friday, April 3, 2020

The social distancing and self-isolation continues, but that doesn’t mean your only option for weekend activity is (decreased quality) Netflix and chill. Everyone is adapting to the new normal as the government mulls over extending emergency measures – the Culture Ministry has created a calendar of over 100 online events , and LSM.lv has released a downloadable calendar of children’s activities for every day in April. Check out our picks…

Coronavirus interrupts decommissioning work at Lithuania’s Ignalina NPP

Friday, April 3, 2020

Lithuania’s Ignalina nuclear power plant, shut down since 2010, has been forced to suspend decommissioning works after sending home around 1,000 employees due to the  coronavirus   quarantine. Audrius Kamienas, the head of the nuclear facility, says maintenance work will continue at the minimum level for around two weeks as of Monday. During that time, measures will be introduced at the facility to reduce contact among staff and step up…

airBaltic cuts half of all flights from April to October

Friday, April 3, 2020

Latvian airline airBaltic announced further reductions in its summer schedules April 3. “As the Coronavirus crisis continues, significantly affecting demand for air travel, airBaltic is forced to further decrease its overall capacity between April 15 and October 31, 2020, cancelling approximately 50% of its flights. Currently the airline is in the process of adjusting its network and flight schedule according to temporarily reduced fleet in the beginning of restarting the scheduled operations…

Latvia: Mobile network research suggests people leave cities to weather the crisis

Friday, April 3, 2020

The government decision to declare a state of emergency has significantly changed Latvians’ daily habits, and most people observe the government guidelines, according to research carried out by the state telecoms firm LMT in tandem with the University of Latvia. The research, which uses data on network events, allows tracking people’s behavior in real time and historically. The research compared network use before and after a state of emergency was…

Lithuanian woman supplies town with free masks

Friday, April 3, 2020

After closing her business due the  coronavirus   quarantine, a woman in small Lithuanian town started sewing facemasks. Not looking to make money, she hangs them on her fence for everyone to take. Regina Šutaitė from Kelmė, a town of some 8,000 people in northwestern Lithuania, says her multi-coloured facemasks are very popular with the local community. “All I need to do is hang them up, take a photo, post…

Being together in the land that sings

Friday, April 3, 2020

Due to the emergency measures put in place to stop the spread of the Covid-19 novel coronavirus, several Latvian choirs are using modern technology and the internet to continue rehearsing and recording new songs in preparation for the next season in the “land that sings”, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on April 3. “Our very essence – being together and doing things together – is now dismantled. That’s why…

Former president Grybauskaitė to chair UN commission fighting financial crimes

Friday, April 3, 2020

Dalia Grybauskaitė, Lithuania’s former president, will chair a United Nations commission for international financial accountability, transparency and integrity, her office said. The High-Level Panel on International Financial Accountability, Transparency and Integrity for Achieving the 2030 Agenda was launched in March by the presidents of the UN General Assembly and the UN Economic and Social Council. Its key goal is to prevent global financial crimes such as tax evasion, money laundering…