Posts published in Day: March 28, 2020

Expert speaks about the «panic» over coronavirus SARS-CoV-2

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Dr. phil. Agita Lūse I would like to explain to readers that the word panic may not be the best description for the general mood that has increased in many parts of the world, including Latvia, in the past several weeks because of the new coronavirus.» This word – panic – has been used more often in relation to the pandemic than its niche in our language allows it. And…

Electricity price reduces for households in Latvia

Saturday, March 28, 2020

From Q4 2019 onward the price of electricity has reduced, according to the latest market data from the Public Utilities Commission (SPRK). Prices benefit from warm weather and recovery of water reserves, which allows increasing the power production output at hydroelectric power stations. Last year’s lowest average monthly electricity price in Nord Pool exchange was found in Latvia’s trade zone – 40.66 EUR/MWh. The price continued to reduce this year…

Coronavirus updates: 24 new cases, bringing total to 382

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Twenty-four new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Lithuania since Friday evening, bringing the country’s total to 382, according to the National Public Health Surveillance Laboratory. Out of the total 6,900 coronavirus tests carried out in Lithuania, 1,405 were done on Friday alone. “The samples are being taken in an increasing [pace],” said Lithuanian Health Vice Minister Algirdas Šešelgis. “It seems there is an increase [in confirmed cases and] the…

Boris Johnson and health secretary Matt Hancock test positive for Covid-19

Saturday, March 28, 2020

The prime minister’s chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, was seen running from Downing Street, around the same time that Boris Johnson announced to the nation he had contracted covid-19 on Thursday. In the footage, captured by BBC and Sky news cameras, Cummings flees from a back gate with a rucksack. The health secretary, Matt Hancock, confirmed that he had also tested positive shortly after.

Number of coronavirus cases in Latvia increases to 305

Saturday, March 28, 2020

The number of confirmed cases of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Latvia increased to 305 on March 28. A further 25 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Latvian territory, raising the total number of cases from 280 on Friday to 305 on Saturday. The new figure was released by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) which said 1,046 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In total 12,748 tests have been carried out…

Another medic tests positive for Covid-19 in Rēzekne

Saturday, March 28, 2020

After a pediatric surgeon at Rēzekne Hospital was tested positive for the novel coronavirus March 27, another medic has tested positive for the infection, hospital head Ivars Zvīdris told LTV Friday. While Zvīdris didn’t reveal how many hospital employees were tested, in one case a medical worker tested positive. “We had no reason to quarantine the remaining employees. They were tested for prophylactic reasons only because they were at work at…

Latvia raises 550 million euros in bond sale

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Latvia reinforced its war chest to tackle the coronavirus crisis on March 26 by going to the financial markets and issuing an additional tranche of EUR 550 million of outstanding bonds maturing in 2026, with a yield of 0.406% at a pre-fixed coupon of 0.375%. “Given the state of emergency, it is important that we have the means to finance all measures to stimulate the economy and support the population,” said Finance…

Survey: Economic security good, opinion split on state’s pandemic actions

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Pollster Kantar Emor’s emergency situation monitoring survey shows that the economic and emotional security of residents of Estonia is generally good, but concerns remain over the long-term consequences of the emergency situation. Respondents’ viewers were split on action taken by the government so far. The survey of 628 people shows 64 percent of respondents consider the financial situation of their household to be good or very good. Kantar Emor strategy…

‘Society is making miracles happen’. Civic initiatives sweep across Lithuania

Saturday, March 28, 2020

As the pandemic reached Lithuania, the country’s society mobilised to help, spread positivity, and also look for solutions. First, there were only some announcements stuck on the walls of apartment blocks offering to bring groceries to the elderly, wrote Mykolas Kleck, a social media activist. “Then, a countless flow of volunteers signed up to help municiplaities, medical workers, and NGOs,” he wrote on Facebook in a post that went viral.…