BNS: Highlights of Wednesday

Quarantine mitigation. The government has decided to allow the opening of hairdressers and small non-food stores with separate entrances from next week. They will have to provide an area of ​​20 square meters per customer. Representatives of traders have called on the Government to speed up the opening of stores in supermarkets, but Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė says that there are no grounds for this at the moment. According to the plan approved by the government, all stores will be able to open when the morbidity decreases six times compared to the current one, movement restrictions would be lifted if the rates of new infections fall more than 10 times.

Coronavirus situation:

* 569 new cases of COVID-19 per day were identified, 12 people died. The hospitals currently treat 1178 COVID-19 patients, 128 of whom are in resuscitation. Morbidity 100 thousand. population in 14 days currently stands at 313.5.

* Violations of the COVID-19 vaccination priorities are subject to fines by the managers of the Ambulance Ambulance Unit of Šilalė Unit and Šilalė Hospital. The National Center for Public Health has announced its intention to draw up reports of administrative misconduct for offenders.

* Statistics Lithuania announced that about 5,000 people died in Lithuania this January. people – one and a half thousand or 41 percent. more than during the same period a year ago.

* German company BioNTech has started production of vaccines at a new plant in Marburg, and British and Swedish company AstraZeneca has announced that it will cooperate with the German company IDT Biologika. Both steps are expected to help speed up the supply of vaccines to Europe.

* British doctors vaccinated Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, and his wife Camilla against COVID-19. They fall into the fourth priority group of people over the age of 70 to be vaccinated. Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip had been vaccinated earlier.

Reuters / Photo by Scanpix / Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla

* Peter Daszak, a member of the World Health Organisation’s mission to find out the origins of the pandemic coronavirus, has criticized U.S. intelligence, saying its data on the virus is unreliable. Washington has previously questioned the transparency of the Uhane mission.

Russian search. Russian law enforcement has announced the search for Kremlin critic Alexei Navaln’s comrade Leonid Volkov, who lives in Lithuania. According to law enforcement, it was declared wanted in several post-Soviet countries, but not in Lithuania. Volkov is accused of inciting minors to protest. He calls these allegations absurd because the opposition has never targeted minors specifically. At the time, the Russian news agency Interfax reported, citing unnamed sources, that A. Navaln’s wife Julia had left for Germany.

Reuters / Photo by Scanpix / Alexei Navalnas in court

Reuters / Photo by Scanpix / Alexei Navalnas in court

Recovery plan. The European Parliament approved € 672.5 billion. a package of loans and grants to help EU members recover more quickly from the coronavir pandemic. This measure is one of the most important 750 billion approved by EU leaders last year. components of the European Economic Recovery Plan.

Short clad. The U.S. Senate has opened a second indictment of former President Donald Trump from a video showing his supporters attacking Congress. Senators rejected Trump’s lawyers’ arguments that the former president cannot be tried by 56 votes to 44. This result shows that Democrats are unlikely to gain the support of 17 Republicans, which is necessary to achieve the two-thirds majority needed to hold Trump guilty of inciting rebellion.

Reuters / Photo by Scanpix / Donald Trump

Reuters / Photo by Scanpix / Donald Trump

Polish media. Polish commercial television channel TVN and radio stations stopped broadcasting, and newspapers published black front pages in protest of the new advertising fee. Twenty-four hours ago, 45 major media companies contributed to the protest. They argue that in doing so, the government seeks to restrict media freedom and protect the pro-government state media.

German protests. German farmers are protesting against a bill proposing to restrict the use of pesticides to halt the extinction of insects. Hundreds of farmers ran into tractors in the center of Berlin, despite the snow and cold. Biologists warn that the rapid decline in insect populations is affecting species diversity and damaging ecosystems, disrupting natural food chains and plant pollination.

Chinese probe. China’s Tianwen-1 probe reached orbit on Mars after six and a half years of travel. Attempts will be made to land the first Chinese-created Martian on the surface of the red planet in May or June.

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