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Key scenario is to start academic year normally – Lithuania's educmin

VILNIUS – The key plan is to start the upcoming academic year normally but with extra security requirements, Lithuania's Education, Science and Sports Minister Algirdas Monkevicius says.

"My prognosis and key scenario is that the academic year will start normally with security requirements," he told journalists on Monday.

In his words, distance learning could involve higher grades. But the plan is to have direct pre-school and primary education.

"As we see the need, especially for young children who cannot be left home alone, they should have proper conditions to received education at pre-school establishments and primary schools, therefore, we need to do a lot to avoid major problems in this year, and I think we will do that," the minister said.

The minister will present more detailed plans on preparation for the upcoming academic year on Thursday.

Lithuania's Game Insight hit by Chinese hackers

Game Insight, a Lithuanian developer and publisher of free-to-play mobile games and social-network games, has been hit by Chinese hackers, two separate sources told BNS after the US Justice Department reported about the Chinese hackers' actions. Game Insight does not comment on that information. The US Justice Department said last week two Chinese hackers had carried out a hacking campaign for more than a decade, targeting countries with high technology industries. Lithuania was also mentioned among 11 countries in the statement. ...

This year isn't suitable for travel, Lithuania's chief epidemiologist warns

VILNIUS - Travelers may have to self-isolate on return to Lithuania even if they travel to a country that is not on the coronavirus "blacklist", Lithuania's chief epidemiologist warned on Monday. 

"Obviously, this year isn't suitable for travel. We've already had cases where people (...) were unhappy that they had to go into isolation on return (to Lithuania)," Loreta Asokliene told a news conference. 

"It’s better to visit the beautiful places of Lithuania this year," she added.

As of Monday, Lithuanians are required to self-isolate for two weeks on return from Croatia. Isolation is optional, but recommended for travelers from Iceland and Spain. 

The Czech Republic, Austria and Switzerland are also among the countries that may be added to the regularly updated list of coronavirus-affected countries, the chief epidemiologist said. 

The mandatory 14-day isolation requirement currently applies to Luxembourg, Sweden, Portugal, Bulgaria and Romania, too.

As of Monday, the requirement has been lifted for Lithuanians returning from Ukraine 

Authorities are considering following the lead of Latvia and introducing questionnaires for arrivals in all three Baltic countries, Asokliene said.