Posts published in Day: March 11, 2020

Coronavirus country warning list extended by Latvian authorities

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The Latvian Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) has extended the list of the countries affected by the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19 and strongly advises against   travel to Spain, Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Iran, and China   as well as recommending that special  precautionary measures are taken upon return  to Latvia. “In accordance with latest information concerning the outbreak and spread of COVID-19 throughout the…

Regional reform debate under way in Latvia

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Saeima deputies returned to the legislative cliff face March 11 for a fourth day of debate on the government’s regional administrative reform plans. With three days of debate already behind them, there are still plenty of items to get through on the parliamentary agenda dating from March 5, with opposition members from the Greens and Farmers Union and Harmony parties, plus a handful of independent deputies, putting up dogged resistance…

The migrant crisis continues to put a strain

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The European Border and Coast Guard Agency is sending reinforcements to the frontier between Greece and Turkey as the migrant crisis continues to put a strain on Greek authorities. Thousands of migrants have tried to gain entry to Europe following Turkey’s decision to open its border to neighbouring EU countries. As the stalemate continues, it’s an anxious, and increasingly tense wait for those caught in the crisis, as authorities use…

First Premier League game is called off

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The Premier League have postponed Wednesday’s match between Manchester City and Arsenal after Nottingham Forest and Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis tested positive for coronavirus two weeks after watching his Greek team at the Emirates Stadium. The 52-year-old, who spends his time between Nottingham and Greece, was at Arsenal’s stadium to watch his team play in their victorious Europa League last-32 tie on February 27. But Marinakis penned a statement on Instagram on Tuesday confirming that he has contracted the coronavirus,…

Confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Latvia into double figures

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The latest update on confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in Latvia was published March 11, with the number rising from 8 to 10. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said that of 17 tests carried out during the last 24 hours, 2 were positive, with both cases being part of the group that travelled back from northern Italy to Latvia that has produced the majority of previous cases. In total 291 tests…

A new economic crisis has begun

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

A new economic crisis has begun, with the question of how to minimize its consequences to weather it being key, according to Estonian finance minister Martin Helme (EKRE). Figures demonstrate higher levels of decline than have happened since 2008 and which are likely to surpass that, with companies’ balance sheets contracting drastically and banks calling back loans or requesting additional collateral; all of this is a consequence of the effects…

Latvian PM tasked ministries to prepare assessment of impact of Covid-19

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) issued a resolution, tasking the financial, economics, transport and agricultural ministers in five days to provide an assessment on the impact of the novel coronavirus Covid-19 on Latvia’s national development. The prime minister has also asked ministers to debelop possible scenarios in case of the coronavirus outbreak. A similar task has been sent to the Bank of Latvia president Martins Kazaks. Also, the prime…

Estonia has lowest infant mortality rate in European Union

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Estonia had the lowest infant mortality rate in the European Union in 2018, a report from Eurostat shows, while Romania had the highest. Estonia had an average of 1.6 infant deaths per 1,000 births in 2018, making it the safest country to give birth and survive, Eurostat said, and far below the EU average of 3.4 per 1,000. Data from 2018 is the most recent available for comparison across all…

Air Baltic temporarily allows free of charge travel date change

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The state-owned Latvian airline Air Baltic has made a decision to offer its passengers one date change free of charge to all new reservations made from March 10 until March 31, for travel within 2020. “We clearly see that passengers are willing to travel and plan their late spring and summer holidays. This step provides flexibility to our passengers, so that they can book their next trip with ease,” Martin Gauss,…

Conscript service in Estonia dropout rate down in 2019

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The percentage of people dropping out of conscript service in Estonia is falling, just as the percentage of people volunteering for conscription is increasing. The latter reached 43 percent in 2019. While the conscription dropout rate stood at 11.4 percent in 2018, by 2019 that figure had dropped to 7.8 percent, according to a report drawn up by the Ministry of Defense on the fulfillment of Estonian Defense Forces (EDF)…