Posts tagged as Latvia

COVID-19 case total increases by four in Latvia

Friday, September 18, 2020

Four new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on September 18, the total since the start of the pandemic now standing at 1,498 on Friday. No new deaths were recorded, with the fatality toll remaining on 36. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 2,264 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In total 290,907 tests have been carried out since February 29. So far 1,248 patients have recovered from infection. Seven…

Latvia works on saliva-based COVID-19 tests

Friday, September 18, 2020

Health Ministry’s chief infectologist Uga Dumpis said September 18 that work on the use of saliva-based tests for COVID-19 diagnostics is taking place within the framework of the National Research Program. Dumpis said that it was not yet possible to say when it could be done in practice. It would be particularly handy for testing children, who find the current method unpleasant. He explained that the method of taking saliva…

Estonia and Latvia sign agreement for joint offshore wind farm plan

Friday, September 18, 2020

Estonia and Latvia signed a memorandum of understanding to develop an offshore wind farm this week, the first agreement of its kind in the region. Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Taavi Aas (Center) and Latvian Minister of Economic Affairs Janis Vitenbergs digitally signed the memorandum which marks the first steps taken towards the project and carrying out a cost-benefit analysis. After the states have carried out the necessary studies…

Latvian weekend: home producers, nature travel, film festival

Friday, September 18, 2020

Autumn wind has been tearing through Latvia – but don’t let it scare you! Here are some events indoors and outdoors for a fun weekend. On Saturday, September 19, local home producers are opening their doors for everyone to visit. All producers listed on the  “Novada garša” online catalog   are taking part; this Saturday, no prior registration is needed. From fruit and vegetables to bread and beverages, all kinds…

Dombrovskis: Trade must be both free and fair

Friday, September 18, 2020

Trade must be not only free but also fair, said Valdis Dombrovskis, executive director of the European Commission, who currently performs the duties of EU Trade Commissioner , in an interview to Latvian Radio September 18. He said he would work to maintain a rules-based multilateral trading system. “It is currently being negatively affected on many sides,” Dombrovskis said, pointing out, for example, Donald Trump’s policies. Consequently, the European Union…

Job vacancies dropped by a third in second quarter in Latvia

Friday, September 18, 2020

September 18 data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that at the end of the second quarter of 2020 there were 20 thousand job vacancies in Latvia, which is 10.4 thousand vacancies or 34.2 % less than in the second quarter of 2019. In public sector there were 8.1 thousand and in private sector 11.9 thousand job vacancies. Over the year, the number of job vacancies in private sector fell by 10 thousand or 45.7 %, while in…

Latvian banking system made quicker for foreign investors

Friday, September 18, 2020

The Ministry of Economics (EM), the Latvian Investment and Development Agency (LIAA) together with the financial sector have developed a questionnaire for foreign investors intended to save time, EM told Latvian Radio September 18. Foreign investors will have to complete a questionnaire before they wish to start their activities in Latvia. The purpose of the questionnaire is to find out the origin of the potential investor’s money and what the company’s true…

Lowest-ever number of births predicted in Latvia in 2020

Thursday, September 17, 2020

An all-time low number of newborns is expected in Latvia this year, and COVID-19 crisis will certainly not improve birth rates, said demographer Ilmārs Mežs in an interview to Latvian Radio September 17. Mežs said that this year the number of newborns could be around 18,000, and will be the lowest figure of all time since the twenties of last century, when such statistics began to be compiled. Eurostat forecasts show that…

Border Guard chief no longer suspect

Thursday, September 17, 2020

The Prosecutor’s Office annulled the decision of the Internal Security Bureau (IDB), which identified Chief of State Border Guard Guntis Pujāts as suspect, Pujāts’ lawyer Alla Juraša told LETA September 16. The Prosecutor’s Office has also revoked all safety measures IDB had applied, including a ban on the duties of the Chief of Border Guard. This means he can go back to work. Press secretary of the Prosecutor’s Office, Laura Majevska, told Latvian Radio that…

Lukashenko sacks Belarusian ambassador to Latvia

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko signed an order on Wednesday for the dismissal of the Belarusian ambassador to Latvia, Vasily Markovich  (Маркович Василий Михайлович), Latvian Television reported September 16. The Belarusian ambassador has been dismissed from his duties and deprived of his diplomatic rank. Vasily Markovich has been dismissed in connection with “inappropriate performance of duties”. This is reported by the Belarusian news agency Belta, referring to the presidential press service. Markovich became Belarusian ambassador…