Posts tagged as Covid-19

Rīga airport passenger turnover down by 71% this year

Friday, October 23, 2020

This year so far, Riga International Airport serviced 1.87 million passengers, which is nearly 71% less than last year, airport spokeswoman Laura Kulakova told Latvian Radio October 23. In the summer, there were a little more passengers than in the fall: this year in July, the airport serviced 77% fewer passengers than in July 2019, but in September, compared with September last year, the drop was 84%. In October, compared to…

Latvian central bank: economy has weathered COVID-19 better than most EU countries

Friday, October 23, 2020

Latvian central bank (Latvijas banka, LB) published its regular monthly Macro Profile on October 23, giving an overview of the state of the national economy. “So far, Latvia’s economy has weathered the COVID-19 crisis better than most European Union (EU) countries,” LB said. “Over the second quarter of 2020, Latvia’s GDP fell by 7.1%, i.e. less than previously projected by Latvijas Banka. Factors such as balanced economic growth and sound…

Three-year-old fintech company Sun Finance reports 100m euro turnover

Friday, October 23, 2020

Financial technology company Sun Finance has reported a record-breaking year for 2019, recording turnover of EUR 101.5 million, an increase of almost three times compared with 2018 results, according to audited financial results. The group’s net profit last year was EUR 7.1 million. “Last year we worked hard to strengthen our position in the existing markets, as well as to further diversify the geographical profile of the Group. Driven by this strategy, we grew the amount…

Workers lack for COVID-19 testing in Latvia

Friday, October 23, 2020

As of Monday, COVID-19 tests will be free only with a referral. It is not money and reagents that is lacking – it is the capacity of laboratories and employees, Latvian Television reported October 23. This month,  as reported,   the number of people tested averaged 4,000 daily. Politicians have indicated that this is an optimal number of tests, but long queues have formed. On Thursday, regardless of the signs of the…

LRT English Newsletter: Yellow, green and red of Covid-19 in Lithuania

Friday, October 23, 2020

LRT English Newsletter – October 23, 2020 With daily coronavirus case counts breaking records almost every day this week – and hitting a whopping 424 on Thursday – Lithuania’s government introduced a traffic light system to highlight the worst-affected areas.  Thirteen “red” municipalities   will be put under local quarantines, while Vilnius and most other major cities have been labeled “yellow” – meaning the pandemic may tip them into red,…

COVID-19 tests not free for everyone starting next week

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Starting next Monday, state-paid COVID-19 testing will only be available for those with a doctor’s referral, Latvian Television reported October 21. As reported  , currently, around 4,000 COVID-19 tests are carried out in one day and wait can be as long as six days. Latvia’s COVID-19 laboratory network coordinator Sergejs Ņikišins said that most come on their own free will, only 400-500 a day are those with a referral. From…

COVID-19 case total increases by 161 in Latvia

Thursday, October 22, 2020

On October 22 Latvia recorded 161 new cases of COVID-19, taking the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 3,958. There were also two more deaths, both victims being in the 80 to 95 age bracket. The Disease Prevention and Contol Center (SPKC) said 5,510 tests were conducted during the previous 24-hour period, a new daily record. 2.9% of tests conducted were positive (down from 3.5% the previous day). This last figure is becoming increasingly important as…

Lithuanian doctors issue a public plea as Covid-19 cases mount

Thursday, October 22, 2020

With coronavirus infections on a sharp rise, Lithuanian medical associations circulated a statement, asking people to “slow down with [your] lives” so that the medical services are not overwhelmed. “The situation is getting increasingly difficult. We are already working without days off, we are tired, but very worried about what will happen and what would happen if things don’t change,” reads the open letter by the country’s medical workers circulated…

Latvia records three deaths from COVID-19

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

115 new cases of COVID-19 and three deaths were recorded in Latvia October 19, taking the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 3,609. All three of the latest victims were in the 65 to 85 age bracket. The Disease Prevention and Contol Center (SPKC) said 4,171 tests were conducted during the previous 24-hour period. 2.8% of tests conducted were positive (up from 2.0% the previous day). This last figure is…

Lithuania reports 205 new cases of COVID-19

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Lithuania reported 205 new coronavirus cases on Monday morning, 70 of them in Vilnius County. Twelve cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed in the kindergarten Žemyna in Vilnius. Six more cases were linked to three other kindergartens in the city and two schools had one new case each. Overall, 101 of the newly reported infections were linked to knowns clusters, while three people were diagnosed with Covid-19 after returning from abroad.…