Posts published in Day: November 4, 2020

Health Minister: catering and entertainment next in line for restrictions

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Health Minister Ilze Viņķele told Latvian Radio November 4 that additional restrictions could be imposed on the entertainment and catering industry to curb the spread of COVID-19. Additional restrictions were already imposed by the government on 17 October, and the increase in the number of infections is no longer that rapid, but there has been no stabilization. This means that with existing restrictions, COVID-19 spread will not be reduced as…

Radisson Blu Sky hotel to undergo repairs, laying off all employees

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

The Radisson Blu Sky hotel located in Tallinn’s city center will be undergoing repairs over a period of a year and a half and laying off all employees, the Estonian daily Postimees writes. Already this spring, the hotel laid off nearly 100 people after tourists disappeared. In summer, the hotel announced that a 12 to 14-month overhaul will begin in the fall. This Saturday, Radisson will say goodbye to its…

Ķīpsala hall could be transformed into hospital if needed

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

If necessary, an additional hospital for COVID-19 patients could be installed in the Ķīpsala Exhibition Hall, Health Minister Ilze Vinkele said in a Latvian  Radio interview November 4.  Vinkele said that in the summer, a survey of sites that could be adapted to a COVID-19 hospital in Rīga and outside, and Viesturs Tile, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the owner of the hall, offered the rooms if needed. However,…

Riigikogu committee chief: Farmers can get €12 million support

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

The Riigikogu’s finance committee has agreed to a €12-million agricultural support package, the committee’s chair, Aivar Kokk (Isamaa) says. Kokk told ERR Wednesday that the money would likely find its way into the 2021 state budget, currently at the Riigikogu for debating and amendments. ERR recently reported that representatives of agricultural producers sent a letter to Minister of Rural Affairs Arvo Aller (EKRE), asking for €24 million in support to…

Latvian President supports declaring state of emergency

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

The President of Latvia, Egils Levits, told Latvian Radio November 4 that he agrees that the emergency state in Latvia should be announced  to limit the spread of COVID-19. At the same time, compensatory mechanisms should be encouraged for those sectors whose activity will be affected, he said. “(..) I would also like to call on every Minister to analyze in their respective field how it would be possible to limit transmitting…

Elering: Russian electricity imports to fall via Russia-Latvia border

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Estonian transmission system operator (TSO) Elering said the imports of electricity produced in Russia’s main territory to the Baltics will be transferred from the Belarus-Lithuania border to the Russia-Latvia border, as Lithuania on Tuesday stopped trading in electricity with Belarus due to the expected start-up of the Astravyets nuclear power plant in the near future. Trade on the Latvian-Russian border will begin on the first hour of November 5. The…

Lithuania to introduce nationwide quarantine, close gyms and theatres

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

The Lithuanian government decided on Wednesday to put the country under a nation-wide quarantine, imposing restrictions on public life and businesses. The measure will come into effect on Saturday and will last at least until November 29. “In view of the unfavourable Covid-19 epidemiological situation, we propose a quarantine throughout the territory of Lithuania,” Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga told the cabinet when introducing the measure. At the moment, local quarantines…

Lithuania protests Belarus’ launch of nuclear plant near border

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

On Wednesday, Lithuania condemned the launch of Belarus nuclear plant and sent a note of protest to Minsk. The plant, located some 30 kilometres from border, poses a nuclear and environmental threat to Europe, as well as to Belarus and Lithuania, according to the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry. Vilnius urged Minsk to suspend further operation of the nuclear facility until the highest nuclear safety standards and environmental requirements are met. Lithuania’s…

Environment minister Rene Kokk to step down

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Environment minister Rene Kokk (EKRE) is to submit his resignation to Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) on Thursday, the ministry has announced, citing health reasons. “I am saddened to be leaving unfinished what I started as minister, but I have to think about my health and family,” Kokk, 40, said, via a ministry press release. “The doctors have given me a very clear message that I have to change my…

313 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Latvia

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Latvia confirmed 313 new cases of COVID-19 on November 4, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), bringing the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 6,752. Six deaths were confirmed, three victims aged 60 to 80, three aged 80 to 90. Of 7,328 tests carried out, 4.3% were positive, up on the 3.3% rate the previous day. A rate of more than 3% is regarded as an indication that the disease…