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Lithuania considers registering all air travelers while still in flight – epidemiologist

VILNIUS - In a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus and make it easier to trace contacts of infected people, Lithuania is considering registering all air travelers arriving in the country before they disembark their planes, a senior epidemiologist said on Wednesday.

"We are planning to ask everyone to register," Rolanda Lingiene, the director of the National Public Health Center's Vilnius Department, told reporters. 

"The carriers, the tour operators, would be responsible for getting people to register," she added. 

Air passengers will be asked to fill out registration forms while they are still in flight, Lingiene said, adding the measure is necessary because of rising numbers of "imported" coronavirus cases in Lithuania.

If the COVID-19 situation in the country continues to worsen, people attending various public mass events, such as festivals or concerts, will be asked to register, too, she added. 

Currently, all travelers arriving or returning from "blacklisted" countries must register with the National Public Health Center, but some people ignore this requirement, the epidemiologist said.  

As part of measures to stem the spread of COVID-19, it is mandatory to wear face coverings in shops, airports, indoor leisure and entertainment venues, customer-serving public institutions, and on public transport as of last Saturday. 

Under the Code of Administrative Offences, fines for breaking the rule range from 500 to 1,500 euros for private individuals and from 1,500 to 6,000 euros for businesses.

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. ...

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