Posts tagged as pandemic

Baltic states report lowest Covid-19 figures since pandemic began

Monday, June 1, 2020

This week, the Baltic states have reported some of the lower figures of new Covid-19 infections since the pandemic began. On Monday, the Latvian authorities said there were no new cases of Covid-19 over the past 24 hours, while Estonia and Lithuania reported one and three new infections, respectively. So far, 68 people in Estonia, 24 in Latvia, and 70 in Lithuania have died from Covid-19. Lithuania has 1,678 confirmed…

Lithuania postpones draft for military service due to pandemic

Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Lithuanian military has postponed the draft for military service due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Lithuanian Armed Forces said on Wednesday. Sixty conscripts were due to start their military service at the Lithuanian naval force on May 11. Another 150 reserve troops were scheduled to take part in a 20-day military training at the Lithuanian Armed Forces School starting from May 9. “The changes have not been significant so…

Low population density is a blessing for Baltic states during Covid-19 pandemic

By Fransua Vytautas Razvadauskas on Tuesday, May 5, 2020

The Baltic states seem to have coped with the coronavirus pandemic better than some of their better-resourced fellow EU member-states. Lower population density may be a factor in their success, argues Fransua Vytautas Razvadauskas of Euromonitor International. Just about every country has been affected by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) which has infected more than 3 million people and laid claim to over 200,000 lives worldwide, at the time of writing.…

Linking the pandemic and packaging waste

Thursday, April 16, 2020

The pandemic spread of the Covid-19 novel coronavirus has caused Latvian grocery merchants to reverse their direction towards going green and minimizing plastic after the Minister for Agriculture’s order on “ Regarding Additional Regulations for the Handling of Food during the Emergency Situation ” was adopted on March 20, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on April 16. Due to the order, grocery items that previously weren’t packaged now require…

Universal basic income in light of the outcomes of the coronavirus pandemic

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Caught by the coronavirus pandemic, many governments are quickly reorienting themselves towards what was previously viewed as a utopian experiment – universal basic income. This idea now seems to be one of the few valid options available in the fight against COVID 19, recession, poverty, and inequality. Such an income distribution and division idea is present in many countries around the world, and is quickly becoming a global view. Universal…

Google Maps data shows pandemic habits

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Anonymized data Google Maps has gathered from mobile phones over the past few weeks shows that in Latvia there’s been a 50% decrease in visits to retail and recreation locations, and a 48% decrease in visits to transit stations, according to data published by Google in the COVID-19 Community Mobility Report on March 29. The data shows a slight drop among visits to grocery and pharmacy locations (-22%) as well…

Survey: Economic security good, opinion split on state’s pandemic actions

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Pollster Kantar Emor’s emergency situation monitoring survey shows that the economic and emotional security of residents of Estonia is generally good, but concerns remain over the long-term consequences of the emergency situation. Respondents’ viewers were split on action taken by the government so far. The survey of 628 people shows 64 percent of respondents consider the financial situation of their household to be good or very good. Kantar Emor strategy…

Rīga air quality slightly improves during pandemic

Thursday, March 26, 2020

It’s been two weeks since a national state of emergency has been declared, but despite fewer cars and public transport vehicles on the roads, the air quality has only slightly improved since before the emergency declaration, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on March 26. According to  Rīga City Council Housing and Environment Department   Environmental Administration Director Evija Piņķe, this can be explained by various factors, such as dry,…

Public information trumps fighting propaganda during pandemic

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Culture Minister Nauris Puntulis (National Alliance) stated that the need for public safety and information during a crisis situation outweighs the risks associated with supporting Russian propaganda channels by allowing commercial media to use public media content, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on March 26. “I would never consider such a step if it weren’t a crisis. You have to weigh the situation, what’s more important. And the safety…

Military Mind and the Pandemic

By Tomas Jermalavicius on Wednesday, March 25, 2020

“The streets of many American cities and towns are nearly deserted. News reports offer viewers and readers communities tightly shuttered as if bracing for an incoming hurricane. But it is not a hurricane that finds Americans avoiding one another ‘like the plague.’” This is not a passage from the latest news article on the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic. It is from a chapter entitled ‘Pandemic’ in a 2009 book by…