Posts published in Day: July 28, 2020

All private arrivals in Latvia will be surveyed

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

In future, persons travelling through the country’s external borders will be required to complete a questionnaire on COVID-19 risks also when not using international carrier services, the Ministry of Interior said July 28. On Tuesday, July 28, the government supplemented the rules which stipulate that persons entering Latvia through the country’s external borders, also when not using international carrier services, fill out a statement (questionnaire) to the Border Guard. The…

President Nausėda suggests caps on EU subsidies to farmers

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

President Gitanas Nausėda says he will propose caps on direct EU payments to Lithuanian farmers, so as to distribute the subsidies more fairly. “We can’t afford not to introduce a cap on payments and we will definitely raise this initiative,” Nausėda told reporters on Tuesday. The regulation should prevent big farmers from disproportionally benefiting from EU agricultural subsidies, he said. The president’s office started speaking about a cap on payments…

COVID-19 testing made mandatory for guest workers in Latvia

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Following the proposal of the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC), the government decided on mandatory COVID-19 tests for guest workers at the end of the first week following their arrival in Latvia, Ministry of Health said Tuesday, July 28. The new regulation provides for guest workers from countries with high COVID-19 risk to be tested for the infection before starting work. Until a negative result comes back, the person…

Lithuania’s e-health restored after weeklong shutdown

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Lithuania’s electronic health services system is back up and running, the Centre of Registers said on Tuesday. E-sveikata (e-health), used by the country’s doctors to manage their patients’ medical records and prescribe medication, came down last Monday, July 20, after the Centre of Registers’ server room was flooded. It took more than a week to bring it back up. The system’s re-launch was successfully completed following tests and after data…

Three scenarios developed for the new school year

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) has developed three possible scenarios how school work might be organized from September, Latvian Radio reported on July 28. At the moment, the educational process is planned to be organized on site as from September, provided that the epidemiological situation is similar to the current one. In addition to this scenario, plans for partially or fully remote education have also been developed, the Ministry said.…

Single new case of coronavirus confirmed

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Officials in Latvia said they had registered one new cases of COVID-19 on July 28, with the total number since the start of the pandemic rising to 1,220 as a result on Tuesday.  No further fatalities were announced, with the death toll remaining on 31. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 1,574 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period.  In total 193,445 tests have been carried out since February 29. So far 1,052 patients have recovered from infection. Two…

New publication offers 100 Rēzekne facts

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

A new publication promises to provide 100 facts about Latvia’s seventh-largest city, Rēzekne . Appropriately, it is called “100 facts about Rēzekne” reported Latvian Radio on July 27. For more than seven centuries, Rēzekne has been one of the political, economic and cultural-historical centers of Latgale, Latvia’s eastern region. Many interesting events and personalities have been recorded in the history of the city during this time and now 100 of them have…

Gulbene municipality reinforces COVID-19 restrictions

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

On Tuesday, an order issued by the Gulbene Municipality Council President shall take effect, calling on the municipal authorities to comply with stricter security measures, Latvian Radio reported July 28. The order will be in force until August 12, requiring the local government and its subordinate authorities to comply with enhanced security measures, the restrictions being similar to those imposed in the country during the national state of emergency. The…

Estonia looks to get its first Catholic saint

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Estonian Archbishop Eduard Profittlich may be canonised as the predominantly Protestant country’s first Catholic saint, the public broadcaster ERR has reported. Vatican’s Congregation of the Saints has examined the documents about Profittlich’s martyrdom and the canonisation may take place in two years, according to ERR. “The Vatican is still examining every detail very carefully. They need to check the background of his death as to whether this was a martyr’s…

Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine form Lublin Triangle to cooperate against Russian aggression

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine have agreed to deepen cooperation to help Ukraine in its fight against Russian aggression as well as to take joint action to counter the coronavirus pandemic. In a declaration signed by the Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian foreign ministers in the Polish city of Lublin on Tuesday, the three countries committed to creating the so-called Lublin Triangle, a trilateral platform for political, economic and social cooperation, to…