Posts published in Day: October 8, 2020

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

As the laureates of the Nobel Prize in medicine or psychology 2020, there have been named American and British virologists Harvey James Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles Moen Rice for the discovery of the Hepatitis C virus. In a press release on Monday, October 5, the Nobel Assembly of the Swedish Karolinska Institute stated that this year’s Nobel Prize is awarded to three scientists who have made a decisive contribution…

Budget watchdog urges government to curb economic stimuli

Thursday, October 8, 2020

The Fiscal Discipline Council (FDP) called on the government to limit the implementation of additional economic stimulus measures, according to it latest crisis monitoring report published October 7. In the report, the Council indicated that Latvia’s priority in mitigating the effects of COVID-19 is rapid and efficient use of the European Recovery and Stability Mechanism over the next two years, providing a unique opportunity not only to mitigate the effects of…

88% compliance with mandatory masks on public transport in Latvia

Thursday, October 8, 2020

According to inspections carried out by Rīga municipal transport company Rīgas satiksme (RS), day one of compulsory facemasks on public transport met with a compliance rate of 88%. In a release on October 8, one day after masks became a requirement, RS said: “On the first day, mouth and nose masks were used on public transport by about 88% of passengers, for which we thank these passengers very much.” On October 7,…

Pandemic borrowing pushes Lithuania’s deficit to 8–9 percent of GDP

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Lithuania’s budget deficit will reach 8–9 percent of GDP this year due to increased borrowing during the pandemic, an adviser to the country’s president said on Thursday. The budget deficit was justified during the Covid-19 crisis due to the need to absorb shocks to the economy and retain jobs, Simonas Krėpšta, adviser to President Gitanas Nausėda, told LRT RADIO. In spring, the Lithuanian government upped the state’s borrowing limit to…

Charity marathon to target reducing domestic violence in Latvia

Thursday, October 8, 2020

The annual ‘Dod pieci’ (Gimme five) charity marathon run by youth radio station pieci.lv [part of the same public media framework as LSM] will this year aim to raise awareness of domestic violence and contribute towards its reduction, organizers announced October 8. Emotional, physical, financial and other forms of violence among family members will be in focus, as well as the consequences and scenarios for action to enable new lives to begin.…

Lithuania blocks millions in EU funding to Belarus

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Lithuania has blocked 5.8 million euros in EU funds in a cross-border programme with Belarus, Reuters news agency reported on Wednesday. The funding, overseen by Lithuania, was halted after the post-election crackdown by the Bellarusian regime, Božena Zaborovska-Zdanovič, spokeswoman of the Lithuanian Interior Ministry, told Reuters. “All payments were ceased until we received clarification from the European Commission on the apparent risks,” she said. EUobserver reported on Tuesday that the…

State-owned airline Nordica could face privatization

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Troubled state-owned airline Nordica may have to be privatized in the years to come, due to European Commission rules requiring the repayment of state aid. Management board chair Erki Urva says that European Commission rules require state aid, which amount in the case of Nordica to €30 million and was issued after the peak of the coronavirus pandemic led to practically all flights being grounded, must be paid back within…

Estonian state budget party ‘protection money’ recipients announced late November

Thursday, October 8, 2020

While recipients of the state’s controversial “protection money” (Katuseraha) for 2021, part of the state budget process, have not been decided yet, the practise is likely to continue, ETV news show “Aktuaalne kaamera” (AK) reported Wednesday evening. “Naturally I proposed both last year and in the [state budget] negotiations this year that the coalition should not issue this six million (this year’s figure – ed.), but put that money somewhere…

No dancing in October in Latvia

Thursday, October 8, 2020

In October, there will be no dance events in restaurants, bars and clubs, the Minister for Health Ilze Viņķele said in an interview to Latvian Television October 8. The politician explained that she had agreed on this condition with the industry association. Its members are determined to only organize events where people sit. These can be concerts, hangouts – events without active movement. “Today I had a conversation with caterers.…

SPKC: 20% of Latvia’s COVID-19 patients are without symptoms

Thursday, October 8, 2020

On average 20% of  COVID-19 infected people in Latvia have no symptoms of the disease, Jurijs Perevoščikovs, infectologist of the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC), said in a press conference on Wednesday, October 7. Since the onset of the epidemic, on average, the infection has been without symptoms in 20% of those infected, and the disease has been detected because people had been tested because of epidemiological indications –…