Posts tagged as Latvia

Number of coronavirus cases in Latvia passes 500 mark

Saturday, April 4, 2020

A further 16 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Latvian territory April 4, raising the total number of cases from 493 on Friday to 509 on Saturday. The new figure was released by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) which said 1,182 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In total 19,380 tests have been carried out since February 29. 29 patients are in hospital, most of whom have moderate symptoms of the disease…

airBaltic cuts half of all flights from April to October

Friday, April 3, 2020

Latvian airline airBaltic announced further reductions in its summer schedules April 3. “As the Coronavirus crisis continues, significantly affecting demand for air travel, airBaltic is forced to further decrease its overall capacity between April 15 and October 31, 2020, cancelling approximately 50% of its flights. Currently the airline is in the process of adjusting its network and flight schedule according to temporarily reduced fleet in the beginning of restarting the scheduled operations…

Latvia records first coronavirus-linked death

Friday, April 3, 2020

Latvia has recorded its first death in a case linked to the coronavirus on April 3, according to Latvian Television (LTV). Before the death was officially confirmed, Health Minister Ilze Viņķele appealed to media to respect the privacy of the victim’s family, who are to be the first to be informed of the fatality, prioritising that over the desire to be first with a journalistic scoop. “The Health Ministry didn’t and won’t hide anything.…

Number of COVID-19 cases in Latvia rises to 493

Friday, April 3, 2020

The number of confirmed cases of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Latvia increased to 493 on Friday, April 3. A further 35 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Latvian territory, raising the total number of cases from 458 on Thursday to 493 on Friday. The new figure was released by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) which said 1,364 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In total 18,198 tests have been carried out since February 29. 31…

Vitenbergs confirmed as new Minister of Economics

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Latvia’s parliament, the Saeima, approved Jānis Vitenbergs (KPV.LV party) as the new Minister of Economics on April 2. Vitenbergs is a relative newcomer having been elected to the Saeima for the first time in October 2018 but has been serving as the Head of the Saeima Commission for National Economy, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy . In a statement posted on the ministry’s website Vitenbergs set his main priority as providing state support…

Police officers infected with Covid-19 in Latvia

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Three police officers who have tested positive for the Covid-19 novel coronavirus, and one was infected while performing police duties, according to Acting State Police Chief Andrejs Grišins. In one of the cases the officer was infected while on a work trip abroad. Several other police officers who had been abroad have already completed their 14 days of self-isolation. Colleagues who have been in close proximity to the infected officers…

Latvia confirmed 458 coronavirus cases

Thursday, April 2, 2020

The number of confirmed cases of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Latvia increased to 458 on Thursday, April 2. A further 12 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Latvian territory, raising the total number of cases from 446 on Wednesday to 458 on Thursday. The new figure was released by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) which said 1,024 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In total 16,834 tests have been carried out since February 29.…

Latvia’s Saeima conducts its first “virtual” sitting

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Following the lead of the cabinet and other state institutions, the Latvian parliament or Saeima enters a new era April 2 when it conducts its first ever sitting by video conference. As an interim measure, the 100 deputies are scattered across different rooms and premises of the parliament, connecting by video link. This will be a temporary solution – not least to comply with constitutional demands – while intensive work has been started…

School year isn’t likely to be extended in Latvia

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Schools are unlikely to reopen for the rest of the spring semester, but the length of the school year isn’t likely to be extended either, according to Education and Science Minister Ilga Šuplinska (New Conservative Party) on March 31. “It’s clear that the homeschool learning process will be protracted. And we think that in-person learning is unlikely to return to both general education and professional schools. Maybe some sort of…

Rules limiting public physical interactions in Latvia

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

As previously reported by LSM, on March 29 the Latvian government again updated its emergency regulations, introducing a new ‘two-person, two-meter’ rule limiting public physical interactions. The full text of the regulations has now been updated in English and is  available to read online  . While it is certainly worth reading, it is also quite lengthy, so we have reproduced the sections relating to the new two-person, two-meter rule below. 4.5 [a decision…