BNS Newsletter: Highlights of the Weekend

Coronavirus situation. 5,758 deaths were reported over the weekend, 57 deaths were reported, and the majority of deaths — 45 individuals — were unvaccinated or incomplete. 1681 patients are being treated in hospitals, according to Sunday data. About 4 thousand were vaccinated with the first dose. people.

* Outbreaks of 824 coronavirus infections have been identified in schools, with 3693 sick pupils in preparation for longer-than-usual school holidays for the BNS, the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport informed. The students’ autumn holidays have been extended for two days: they will start on November 3, and the students will return to school on November 10.

* In Russia, 40,993 new cases of COVID-19 were detected last day – a maximum of one day after the pandemic began – and 1,158 previously infected people died, according to data released by the operational staff on Sunday.

* The United States has approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11, after a committee of experts decided this week that the benefits outweighed the risks.

* Worldwide, 246,394,420 cases of pandemic coronavirus infection were reported between the start of the pandemic and Sunday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University in Maryland. The number of COVID-19-related deaths increased to 4,995,018. and more cases have been confirmed in the United States, India, and Brazil.

* Sweden’s initial response to the coronavirus pandemic was “inadequate” and “delayed”, with significant errors in testing organization and traceability of those exposed, an independent commission said on Friday. Sweden has received international attention for its decision to combat the spread of COVID-19 largely through non-binding measures, although other European countries have at the time introduced mandatory quarantine restrictions of varying severity.

* In Latvia, in Gulbene district, a driver who violated the COVID-19 order blew up a car during an inspection, injured two police officers, and then tried to steal a police car, BNS informed the country’s police.

Illegal migration. During the two days of the weekend, Lithuanian border guards did not allow 142 migrants from Belarus to try to cross the border in illegal places. There were 111 of them on Saturday and 31 on Sunday.

Arno Strumila / 15min photo / Spiral cutting wire “Concertina”

Tragic accident. In Panevėžys district, Vinkšnėnai village, on Saturday evening, a car crashed into the opposite lane and caused a huge accident – a woman was killed in the traffic accident, six more people were injured, including three children.

Death of an entrepreneur. Well-known businessman Arūnas Šikšta died at the age of 54. He was one of the most prominent Lithuanian business managers of the last few decades, at the peak of his career in 2004–2013 he managed the telecommunications company TEO LT. He has been facing financial difficulties in recent years.

Unscrewed clocks. When the clocks were turned back one hour, the summer time in Lithuania was canceled on Sunday. Winter time is valid until the end of March.

Party ratings. Opposition Social Democrats (LSDP) remain at the top of the party rankings, according to a survey commissioned by the newspaper Lietuvos Rytas on Vilmorus on Saturday. According to her, LSDP supports 16.8 percent. of the population, the ruling conservatives – 9.7 per cent, the opposition “peasants” – 9.4 per cent. people.

Elections Sakartvele. Sakartwell’s ruling party on Sunday declared victory in the second round of local elections, but the opposition, led by imprisoned and former president President Mikheil Saakashvili, who went on hunger strike a month ago, does not recognize the official results and claims they are rigged.

Scanpix / AP photo / Protest in Glasgow ahead of the upcoming COP26 meeting

Scanpix / AP photo / Protest in Glasgow ahead of the upcoming COP26 meeting

US and EU. The United States and the European Union (EU) agreed on Saturday to abolish tariffs on imported steel and aluminum after resolving a dispute that has strained their trade relations since former President Donald Trump introduced them three years ago.

Leaders meeting. The G20 countries have agreed on the need to keep the global climate warm by no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to the pre-industrial revolution, three sources close to the summit told AFP on Sunday.

Protests in Sudan. Hundreds of protesters took to the streets again in Sudan to protest the military coup that preceded this week, which thwarted the country’s transition to civilian rule. In Sudan, political unrest and power struggles have continued since April 2019, when President Omar al-Bashir was ousted.

Queen’s health. Queen Elizabeth II is feeling well, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday after doctors advised the 95-year-old monarch to rest for at least another two weeks. Last week, the monarch spent the night in the hospital, where she underwent “preliminary tests.” Since then, she follows medical advice to recover and does only light work.

An invitation to the pope. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Pope Francis to visit the country on Saturday. This is considered a particularly significant step, as the head of the Catholic Church has long sought an official invitation to this country, where the majority of the population is Hindu.

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