Posts tagged as Lithuania

Coronavirus found at Lithuanian mink farm

Thursday, November 26, 2020

The coronavirus has been found at a mink farm in Lithuania’s central district of Jonava, the country’s State Food and Veterinary Service confirmed on Thursday. “As minks suddenly started to die at the farm, samples were taken. Tests showed that minks had this infectious disease,” Jurgita Savickaitė, a spokeswoman for the service, told BNS. Earlier this monk, Denmark ordered its farmers to cull more than 15 million minks nationwide after…

Lithuanian president praises justice minister candidate

Thursday, November 26, 2020

On Thursday, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda met with the proposed candidate for justice minister, Evelina Dobrovolska. She has been criticised for only having a bachelor’s degree and failing a bar examination. After the meeting, the president’s spokesman, Antanas Bubnelis said “the conversation was long and […] very interesting”. “In the president’s opinion, the candidate is very brave, determined, prepared and ready to implement changes that are important in the Justice…

Lithuania seeks to secure better compensation in case of Astravytes nuclear plant accident

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Lithuania is taking steps to secure adequate compensation for damage in the event of an accident at Belarus’ Astravyets nuclear power plant. However, this also means increasing Lithuania’s own liability for its shut down Ignalina NPP. The cabinet approved on Wednesday legislative amendments, drafted by the Energy Ministry, that call for ratifying the Protocol to Amend the 1963 Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage and the Convention on…

2,104 new cases, 17 deaths in Lithuania

Thursday, November 26, 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…

Lithuania signs multi-million deal

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Lithuania’s government hired a former manager of a data company before signing a multi-million-euro deal with the same London-based firm that has been criticised for involvement in privacy violations, LRT Investigation Team has found. In early April, the Lithuanian government signed a contract with the London-based branch of Palantir, which had offered a free trial of its software used to collect, analyse, and integrate Covid-19 data. “On April 1, in…

Lithuania agrees to buy 1.4 million coronavirus vaccines from CureVac

Monday, November 23, 2020

Lithuania’s acting government has backed the Health Ministry’s proposal to purchase 1.4 million coronavirus vaccines from CureVac. “We have received another proposal from the European Commission to express our opinion on the procurement of CureVac vaccines. Lithuania could acquire 1.4 million dozes,” acting Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said while presenting the proposal to the government on Monday. Last week, the European Commission signed a contract with the German pharmaceutical company…

Lithuania to extend quarantine until mid-December, mulls restrictions on supermarkets

Monday, November 23, 2020

The government is planning to extend the nationwide lockdown until mid-December, Lithuania’s outgoing Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said on Monday. “Our proposal was to extend the lockdown until December 31. After a discussion at the Covid-19 [crisis management] committee, the ministers decided to propose an extension until December 16 or 17,” Veryga told reporters on Monday. The government will make a decision on Wednesday. The cabinet is also mulling additional…

Lithuania hands out national film awards

Monday, November 23, 2020

The Silver Cranes – Lithuania’s response to the Oscars – were awarded out to the country’s best filmmakers on Sunday. Nova Lituania, a period drama about a 1930s geography professor and his wild idea to found a ‘backup’ Lithuania in Madagascar, won six awards out of 12 nominations, including best 2020 film. The documentary Animus Animalis (A Story about People, Animals and Things) was another big winner, snatching three Silver…

Lithuania reports 1,192 new cases, over 36,000 ill with Covid-19

Monday, November 23, 2020

On Tuesday, Lithuania recorded 1,192 new cases of Covid-19 and six deaths from the virus. Another four coronavirus-infected persons have died of other causes over the past 24 hours. The total death toll from Covid-19 has reached 392, while 158 coronavirus-infected people have died of other causes. A total of 48,226 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Lithuania since the start of the pandemic. Some 36,644 people are…

Lithuanian parliament thanks retiring US congressman for contribution to Baltic freedom

Monday, November 23, 2020

In a resolution adopted unanimously on Monday, the Lithuanian parliament has expressed gratitude to the long-standing US congressman John Shimkus. In appreciation of his contribution “to the freedom cause of the Baltic states […] the Seimas expressed […] its utmost gratitude to him for his steady 23-year-long concern for Lithuania’s security”, MP Emanuelis Zingeris of the conservative Homeland Union (TS-LKD) said when presenting the resolution. Shimkus, a Republican, announced earlier…