Posts tagged as pandemic

Eighteen cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Latvia

Thursday, August 6, 2020

18 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Latvia on August 6, with the total number since the start of the pandemic rising to 1,275 on Thursday.No deaths were recorded, with the fatality toll standing at 32. It is the largest number of cases recorded in a single day since May 16 when 27 cases were recorded. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 1829 tests had been conducted during the previous…

Finland is ready to defend itself at war as against pandemic. Interview with Finnish ambassador to Vilnius

By Andrius Balčiūnas on Thursday, August 6, 2020

Finland has kept military service and Cold War-era medical reserve even when other countries took preparedness for adversities lightly – and was proven right, says Finnish Ambassador to Lithuania Christer Gustaf Michelsson in an interview to LRT.lt. Finland can also offer advice on how to manage nuclear safety, as the country is planning to have a new nuclear plant built by Rosatom, the developer of Astravyets NPP which has been…

Three more cases of COVID-19 found in Latvia

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Three new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Latvia on August 4, with the total number since the start of the pandemic rising to 1,249 on Tuesday. No deaths were recorded, with the fatality toll standing at 32. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 1871 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In total 203,868  tests have been carried out since February 29. So far 1,070 patients have recovered from…

LRT English Newsletter: Mask up, again

By Justinas Šuliokas on Friday, July 31, 2020

With over 100 new coronavirus infections confirmed over the past week, there is a palpable sense that the pandemic might be resurging. Lithuania’s health minister, who leads the country’s Covid-19 response, has even agreed to cut his five-week holidays (to four) and check in every Friday. Meanwhile the members of the cabinet who are not on a break  decided to bring back mandatory facemasks  . As of Saturday, one must…

Lithuanians say coronavirus affected their emotional health

Monday, July 27, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic and the imposed quarantine have negatively affected the emotional health of more than 40 percent of Lithuanian residents, the latest survey by Vilmorus research agency for BNS has shown. Almost 43 percent of the respondents said their emotional health deteriorated during the pandemic. More than 54 percent said they did not feel any different, while 2.6 percent admitted that their emotional health improved. Women were slightly more…

E-voting abroad allowed in Lithuania

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Lithuania’s Seimas on Tuesday allowed the country’s voters staying abroad to vote online in elections during the pandemic. Respective amendments to the Law on Elections to the Seimas were passed in a vote of 71 to zero with two abstentions. Online voting abroad would be allowed “in a situation where voting at Lithuania’s embassy, consular office or additional polling stations in that foreign country cannot be possible”. In such cases,…

Lithuania legalises online voting abroad during pandemics

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

On Tuesday, the Lithuanian parliament legalised online voting for its citizens abroad in elections held during a pandemic. Respective amendments to the Law on Elections to the Seimas were passed in a vote of 71 to zero with two abstentions. Online voting abroad would be allowed “in a situation where voting at Lithuania’s embassy, consular office or additional polling stations in a foreign country cannot be possible”. In such cases,…

Belarus, Latvia discuss international cooperation in tackling consequences of pandemic

Friday, June 26, 2020

The foreign ministers of Belarus and Latvia discussed international cooperation in dealing with the the consequences of the pandemic, BelTA learned from the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. “Belarus’ Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei had a telephone conversation with his Latvian counterpart Edgars Rinkevics on the initiative of the Latvian side. The ministers discussed the coronavirus response measures in Belarus and Latvia, measures to…

Pandemic bares exploitation of migrant workers. Baltics are also to blame

Monday, June 22, 2020

With walls going up across Europe, migrant labour from the East became crucial to food security and international supply chains. Yet, workers have once again faced exploitation, and this time, Western Europe is not the only culprit, writes Jokūbas Sąlyga, a lecturer at UK’s Nottingham Trent University. Baltics in-depth. LRT English presents a forum of expert voices from the region.  Lockdowns across Europe have revealed an acute shortage of agricultural…

NATO kicks off Baltic Sea drills downscaled due to pandemic

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Two Lithuanian vessels have departed for the annual US-led NATO exercise BALTOPS in the Baltic Sea, which has been downscaled due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year, the drills will involve fewer troops and will take place exclusively at sea to reduce risks of the pandemic. All participating troops have been tested for Covid-19 and amphibious landings have been cancelled. The exercise, involving 3,000 personnel, 28 ships and various aircraft…