The main news in Lithuania last week was the entry into force of a system requiring Covid-19 certificates in large public places, the visit of the Lithuanian Foreign Minister to Washington and state awards given to people. who saved Jews during the Holocaust.

COVID-19 certificate takes effect

As of Monday, September 13, people without a national COVID-19 certificate can no longer receive non-essential services. They are prohibited from visiting stores selling non-essential products, large shopping centers, markets exceeding 1,500 square meters. They also do not have access to beauty services, gyms or events attended by more than 500 people. However, people without a national certificate will still be allowed to enter stores and markets selling food, veterinary products and animal feed, pharmacies, as well as stores selling vision correction products and medicines. orthopedic products, plants, seeds and fertilizers.

Two officers to observe Zapad 2021 exercise in Belarus

Two Lithuanian military officers, as well as a representative of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), will observe Zapad 2021, a large-scale joint strategic military exercise organized by Minsk and Moscow, Belarus, the report said. Lithuanian Ministry of Defense. Monday, September 13.

Lithuania starts moving most vulnerable migrants to Rukla

Lithuanian authorities on Tuesday (September 14th) started moving the most vulnerable migrant groups to a new camp in Rukla, a town in the central Jonava district. About 400 families with children, the elderly and other vulnerable groups will be accommodated in modular housing installed in the new camp. In Rukla, migrants will be accommodated in the expanded refugee reception center, which currently houses 300 people.

1H21 net bank profits jump 19.8%

Commercial banks operating in Lithuania recorded a combined net profit of 153.1 million euros for the first half of 2021, up 19.8% from 127.8 million euros a year ago. Eleven banks and branches of foreign banks ended the first half with a profit and six reported losses, the Lithuanian Central Bank said on Tuesday (September 14th).

Taiwanese delegation to visit Lithuania at the end of October

A Taiwanese delegation of officials and businessmen will visit Lithuania at the end of October, the Taiwanese foreign ministry said on Tuesday. Chen Li-kuo, head of the Taiwanese ministry’s European affairs department, said the purpose of the visits was to promote trade. links and investments. Relations between Vilnius and Beijing have recently deteriorated due to Lithuanian support for Taiwan.

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President presents state prizes to Jewish savers

President Gitanas Nausėda presented state awards to Jewish savers on Tuesday (September 14th). A total of 37 people were given life saving crosses for saving Jews from the Nazi genocide during World War II, despite the mortal danger to them and their families. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the start of the genocide of the Jews in Lithuania. In addition, September 23 is marked as the National Day of Commemoration of the Genocide of Lithuanian Jews in Lithuania. On that day, the Vilna Jewish ghetto was liquidated in 1943. About 195,000 Jews were killed in Lithuania during World War II.

Lithuania Rises to 16th Place in Digital Quality of Life Rating

Lithuania advanced five notches, to 16th out of 110 countries in the digital quality of life assessment released for the third time. On a scale of 0 to 1, Lithuania scored 0.69 points, up from 0.67 last year, according to a Surfshark poll. Last year Estonia was the leader among the Baltic states but is 19th (0.67) this year, and Latvia came 41st (0.58). They were 13th and 27th respectively last year.

Ministry proposes unlimited detention of migrants, then backtracks

The Lithuanian Interior Ministry on Wednesday (September 15th) proposed to keep the migrants in detention indefinitely, instead of the current six months, in an extreme situation. But the ministry backtracked on the proposal by the end of the week.

Analysis shows Pfizer vaccine to be effective against Delta variant

The Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine is effective against the Delta variant and protects against complications and death, Statistics Lithuania, the country’s statistical office, said on Wednesday (September 15). Analysis revealed that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was 77 to 80 percent effective against the Delta variant. The risk of dying from COVID-19 is at least 20 times higher for the unvaccinated than for the vaccinated, according to the analysis.

Remains of three WWII victims found in Lithuania will be returned to the United States

The remains of three American WWII pilots found in Lithuania were turned over to the United States on Thursday, September 16. The ceremony will take place at a time yet to be announced near the Vilnius University Faculty of Medicine, the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius has announced. The remains will be taken to a Nebraska-based military lab for final DNA testing and then returned to the families of the victims. The three American pilots were shot down in February-March 1944 and a search for their remains took place over 75 years. The Embassy does not provide information on when and where specifically the remains were found.

Lithuanian Foreign Minister meets with US Secretary of State

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday (September 16th). The pair discussed economic and political measures Western countries could take to respond to pressure from China on Lithuania following the country’s deepening ties with Taiwan. The United States fully supports Vilnius in its dispute with Beijing, the Lithuanian foreign minister said.

Lithuania reports 1,197 new coronavirus cases, 6 deaths

Lithuania recorded 1,197 new coronavirus infections and six deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday, September 16, the country’s statistics office said on Friday (September 17). Half of the deaths were unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated. A total of 313,692 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Lithuania since the start of the pandemic, including 11,050 active cases.