Posts tagged as Latvia

Business environment worsened in retail and services sector in November in Latvia

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Data of business tendency surveys  published November 30 by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in November 2020, business confidence indicator has experienced a significant drop in retail trade and services sector. Business confidence indicators characterize the general situation in the sector and they are acquired by carrying out business surveys in industry, construction, retail trade and services sector .  If the indicator is above zero, business environment is positive, if it is below zero – business environment…

2021 budget passed by Saeima after record-breaking debate

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Following more than a week of lengthy deliberations, the Saeima finally passed the 2021 budget plan on December 2, at the end of a parliamentary session that started on November 23. The days between were largely taken up by opposition deputies blasting both the budget plans themselves and the low level of participation in the debates by representatives of the ruling coalition. Despite having their speaking time cut, opposition members managed…

Around a million people could receive COVID-19 vaccines next year

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Vaccines delivered to Latvia over the next year could be provided to around a million people, Ministry of Health said December 1. The information report from the Ministry of Health on the vaccination strategy against COVID-19 shows that at the moment all the vaccine producers who have informed about the progress of their vaccine studies have yet to register COVID-19 vaccines. However, the Ministry of Health and the responsible authorities are…

All hospitals will temporarily limit services in Latvia

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

On Tuesday, December 1, the government decided to temporarily limit inpatient and day-patient services in hospitals and clinics, the Ministry of Health said in a statement. Health Minister Ilze Viņķele said at a press conference Tuesday night that the possibilities of hospitals to take in COVID-19 patients, without limiting other services, have been exhausted. Statistics from the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) show that over the last week, compared to…

State of emergency extended in Latvia until January 11

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Following an all-day meeting December 1, Latvia’s government announced further emergency measures late Tuesday night as part of its anti- COVID-19 strategy. Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņs said: “As we all know the situation with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic in Latvia is very serious… We have taken various decisions.” The main things decided are: Kariņš also repeated his message that facemask usage, limiting personal contact, maintaining social distance and frequent hand…

New rules force ten schools to go remote in Latvia

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Schools are trying to adapt to the new space requirements in different ways, some are forced to switch to remote learning, Latvian Television reported November 30. By November 30, schools had to introduce  additional rules: face masks for teachers and at least three square meters per pupil in classrooms. Schools say that they are prepared to adapt to allow for some classes to be held in person. Of the 583…

Watch Latvian cinema classics online worldwide

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

The National Film Center of Latvia (NKC), on November 30, has made a set of Latvian cinema classics available for viewing online for free wherever you are in the world. The first set of films include 13 feature films, three documentaries and three animations. All films are remastered and complete with subtitles in English, many have other language options. The films are freely available for watching from anywhere in the world…

‘Stop COVID’ app: useful despite errors

Monday, November 30, 2020

Latvian mobile app Apturi Covid (Stop COVID) , which can identify possible contact with an infected person, is used more frequently. However, the notification to the contact persons can come with a delay of several days, reported Latvian Television investigative broadcast De facto November 29 . Currently, the  Apturi Covid  app has been downloaded nearly 250,000 times. One of the users is LTV journalist Aleksejs Dunda. On October 24, he found out he had…

Latvia’s Minister of Economics has proposed to allow malls to work on weekends

Monday, November 30, 2020

Minister of Economics Jānis Vitenbergs has proposed to allow malls to work on weekends and holidays under certain conditions, according to the Ministry’s statement November 30. The EM statement indicates that, at a time when the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Latvia has reached new records, Vitenbergs asked to review the regulations on retail sector. Instead of closing malls on weekends and holiday, the Minister asked to provide measures aimed at…

Sirens to sound throughout Latvia Monday morning

Monday, November 30, 2020

State Fire and Rescue Service (VUGD) said Monday, November 30, that it would test its alarms between 10:00 and 10:20 in the morning. There are 164 alarms installed throughout Latvia that can be heard within a 1.5 kilometer radius. The alarms will be switched on throughout the country in the morning between 10:00 and 10:30 for three minutes for a test run. Residents are asked not to worry. LSM.LV