Posts published in Day: September 9, 2020

Rīga airport connects to 51 cities in 24 countries

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Currently, it is possible to fly from the Riga International Airport to 51 cities in 24 countries, Liene Freivalde, director of the aviation services and business development department, said in an interview to Latvian Radio September 9. Freivalde said that the number of passengers was not increasing as fast as the number of final destinations in recent weeks, due to the self-isolation requirement. “It stops travelers,” Freivalde said. Last week, flight…

First-ever State Audit at prosecutor’s office begins

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

For the first time in Latvia’s history, State Audit office carries out a separate audit at the prosecutor’s office, Ilze Grīnhofa, Member of the State Audit Board, said in an interview to Latvian Radio September 9. She said State Audit was investigating how effectively the prosecutor’s office spent its resources. “Here we are talking about how the prosecutor’s office is managed as an institution and whether these resources have been used…

Latvia: 11 cases of COVID-19

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Officials in Latvia said eleven new cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed on September 9, the total since the start of the pandemic now standing at 1,443 on Wednesday. No new deaths were recorded, with the fatality toll remaining on 35. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 2,397 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In total 270,097 tests have been carried out since February 29. So far…

Baltic States at the epicenter of military exercises

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The Baltic States have become the scene of NATO military actions especially aimed at provoking Russia and Belarus. At the end of September, this year’s largest military exercise “Sword 2020” will take place in Latvia. Approximately 1000 Vidzeme Brigade bodyguards and soldiers, representatives from the Lithuanian Armed Forces Volunteer Defense Forces and the NATO Extended Presence Battle Group will take part in the training. They will carry out the tasks…

Minsk to export nuclear energy to other markets due to Baltic boycott

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Belarus will export electricity to foreign markets after the launch of Astravyets nuclear power plant, the country’s Deputy Energy Minister Mikhail Mikhadyuk said last week. The statement came after the Baltic states agreed to block Belarusian nuclear imports. Mikhadyuk said that various options for exporting Astravyets electricity were now being considred, Belarusian state news agency BelTA reported on September 3. “I am confident that with the introduction of the nuclear…

An adviser to the Lithuanian PM has been named a special witness

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

An adviser to the Lithuanian prime minister, Jonas Kairys, has been named a special witness and questioned in an investigation of rapid coronavirus tests procurement. “Jonas Kairys was questioned at the Financial Crime Investigation Service (FNTT) on September 1. He was granted the status of a special witness as part of the investigation into the procurement of rapid Covid-19 tests,” Modesta Zdanauskaitė, a spokeswoman for the FNTT, confirmed it to…

Latvian-Estonian bordertown to be exempt from self-isolation rules

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

If the COVID-19 infection rate in Estonia grows, the residents of bordertown Valka-Valga will not have to comply with self-isolation when crossing the border, Health Ministry said September 8. Unlike any other territory in Latvia, the towns of Valka and Valga on the Latvian-Estonian border is a single functional territory, which is impossible to separate due to the infrastructure and facility placement, said the Ministry. To ensure normal daily lives…

Fewer foreign students at Latvian universities this year

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Data compiled by the Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) show that the total number of foreign students in Latvia’s higher education institutions this year has fallen. Many are yet to arrive; those who are here, self-isolate in dormitories or rented apartments, Latvian Radio reported September 9.  In total, around 400 foreign students are currently enrolled at Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU), which is actually 20% more than last autumn. It is…

Minsk to expert nuclear energy to other markets due to Baltic boycott

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Belarus will export electricity to foreign markets after the launch of Astravyets nuclear power plant, the country’s Deputy Energy Minister Mikhail Mikhadyuk said last week. The statement came after the Baltic states agreed to block Belarusian nuclear imports. Mikhadyuk said that various options for exporting Astravyets electricity were now being considred, Belarusian state news agency BelTA reported on September 3. “I am confident that with the introduction of the nuclear…

Coronavirus: 32 new cases in Lithuania, virus spreads among schoolchildren

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Thirty-two new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Lithuania over Monday, according to the National Public Health Centre (NVSC). Five of the newly confirmed infections were contracted abroad: four people were diagnosed with Covid-19 after returning from Ukraine, one from Ethiopia. Seven new cases have been linked to a known cluster around the logistics company Hegelmann Transporte in Kaunas. The cluster currently accounts for 33 known cases. All the newly-diagnosed people…