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Lithuania reports sharp rise with 766 new cases

Monday, October 26, 2020

Lithuania reported 766 new coronavirus cases on Monday morning, another record-breaking daily increase. Two people died from Covid-19 over Sunday. Lithuania has confirmed 10,949 cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic. About two-thirds of them, 6,600, remain active cases, while 4,166 people have recovered. The country’s death toll now stands at 136. Forty-seven other patients who had Covid-19 have died of other causes. At the moment, 31,690 people…

Coronavirus total rises by more than 200 for third day in a row

Monday, October 26, 2020

On October 25 Latvia recorded 211 new cases of COVID-19, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). It is below the record level of the previous two days but remains among the highest daily totals so far. The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 4,678. There were two more deaths. The victims were in the age range 75 to 85. Off 4,458 tests carried out 4.7% were positive, up on the 4.6%…

Lithuanian doctors issue a public plea as Covid-19 cases mount

Thursday, October 22, 2020

With coronavirus infections on a sharp rise, Lithuanian medical associations circulated a statement, asking people to “slow down with [your] lives” so that the medical services are not overwhelmed. “The situation is getting increasingly difficult. We are already working without days off, we are tired, but very worried about what will happen and what would happen if things don’t change,” reads the open letter by the country’s medical workers circulated…

Estonian defense spending to rise to €645.4 million in 2021

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Defense spending in 2021 will rise to €645.4 million, constituting 2.29 percent of Gross Domestic Product, following the government’s signing off on the 2021 state budget Tuesday. 2020’s level was €615 million. NATO membership requires a minimum 2 percent of GDP defense-spending level; the 2020 figure already exceeded this requirement. Defense minister Jüri Luik (Isamaa) says that agreements reached at cabinet level on the state budget mean that the national…

Latvia: Tiny rise in construction costs

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Latest data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) July 27 show that, compared to May, in June 2020, the level of construction costs in Latvia increased by 0.1 %. Labour remuneration of workers rose by 0.5 %, maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment – by 0.1 %, but prices of building materials – reduced by 0.1 %. In June, the average level of construction costs was mostly affected by an increase in labour remuneration to assemblers,…

Minister: without electricity from third countries prices would rise

Monday, June 22, 2020

If Latvia did not take electricity from third countries, electricity prices could rise by 15%, Economics Minister Janis Vitenbergs (KPV LV) told Latvian Television on June 21. The Baltic States are still unable to agree on the attitude towards the Astravyets nuclear plant built in Belarus. It is located only around 50 kilometres from the Lithuanian capital Vilnius. Lithuania considers it dangerous, calls for it to be boycotted and not…

NATO STRATCOMCOE considers rise of “deep fakes” online

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

The Rīga-based NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (STRATCOMCOE) hosts another in its series of online discussions May 6. This time the title is  “Deepfakes: Current Status, Forecast and Recommendations” with Tim Hwang (Director, Harvard-MIT Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative),  Keir Giles (Research Director, Conflict Studies Research Centre) and Jānis Sārts (Director, NATO StratCom COE). “Could a well-timed video hoax be launched by a malicious actor to disrupt an…

Asian shares rise after Wall Street gain on solid earnings

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday after a Wall Street rally driven by healthy earnings reports from U.S. companies. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 1.2% to 22,476.70, while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained 1.2% to 6,729.50. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was unchanged at 26,505.95, while the Shanghai Composite index lost 0.3% to 2,982.74. South Korea’s Kospi added 0.6% to 2,077.88 after the Bank of Korea announced it was cutting its benchmark…

Tobacco product prices to rise every year from 2020 to 2023 in Estonia

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Taxes on tobacco products will increase from January 2020 if plans put forward by the Ministry of Finance are implemented later this year. The new legislation will see tobacco excise increase by 5 percent each year instead of a 10 percent increase in total from 2021 to 2023. If agreed by the Riigikogu before the end of this year, in 2020 the excise tax on a pack of cigarettes will…

Lithuania’s exports rise 6.9 pct in H1

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

In July 2019, exports amounted to EUR 2.46 bn, imports – EUR 2.81 bn. Exports of goods of Lithuanian origin amounted to EUR 1.43 bn. The foreign trade deficit of Lithuania amounted to EUR 0.35 bn. Over the month (July, against June), exports increased by 1.2%, imports – by 14.3%. The increase in exports was influenced by an increase in exports of oil seeds and oleaginous fruits (6 times), ground vehicles (15.6%).…