Posts published in Day: February 9, 2021

Covid-19 case total increases by 781 in Latvia on Tuesday

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

“The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 781 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Latvia on Tuesday February 9” – LSM.LV reports. The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 72,869. Of 13,108 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 6% of tests were positive, well down on the 8.7% rate from the day before. Unfortunately 16 more deaths were also confirmed February 9. Three victims were…

An unexpected alliance may appear in Europe: France and the Baltic States

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

“The newly forged Franco-Baltic friendship stands as an addition to the multilateral security and cooperation structures and does not mean the Baltics are trading Brussels for Paris just yet, but their revamped cooperation, particularly on cybersecurity and disinformation, is set to continue” – writes Monika Bicskauskaite, a program assistant at the German Marshall Fund’s Warsaw office, for EurActiv. This article was posted on February 9th by LRT.LT According to the…

Increased aggression towards emergency teams observed recently in Latvia

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

“The Emergency Medical Service (NMPD) and police say that more violence and aggression towards emergency services is being observed during the pandemic, especially lately” – LSM.LV reported. The police said that there was no significant increase in the number of calls, but more aggression is being felt because of rising of psychological pressure. Medics also regularly face displays of anger when trying to help people. They point out that it…

Lithuanian firms to get €30 million to test employees

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

“The Lithuanian government will provide 30 million euros to help lockdown-hit small and medium-sized businesses test their employees for Covid-19. Pool testing has been suggested for larger firms” – LRT.LT reported. “The aim is to ensure that the business reopening process is smooth, that people who return to work are safe, and that employers can stay in business and develop it safely,” Economy Minister Aušrinė Armonaitė told the cabinet on…

Two reporters face three years in prison in Belarus

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Two reporters for Belsat, a Belarusian network in exile part of the Polish state-owned media TVP, are facing up to three years in prison for their journalism work in Belarus. Journalists were arrested in Minsk on November 15, 2020 while broadcasting live from a demonstration. They were accused of organizing actions that violate public order For more details: LRT.LT LRT.LT

Number of Covid-19 infected medics drastically down after vaccination in Latvia

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

As reported by LSM.LV: “In December, more than 100 doctors were sick with Covid-19 at Riga East Clinical University Hospital (RAKUS), while now the number is 14, hospital representative Ardis Platkājis told Latvian Television February 9” “The only argument [for the need for vaccination] is statistics. (..) In less than a month, Covid-19 spread is reduced,” Platkājis said. On the other hand, other staff, who were more hesitant to vaccinate, continue…

Foreign tourists spent €1 billion euros less in Estonia in 2020

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Foreign tourists spend €1 billion euros less in Estonia last year than they did in 2019 after the collapse of the tourism industry caused by COVID-19, data from the Bank of Estonia shows. In 2020, foreign tourists spent €410 million in Estonia, which is €1 billion euros than in 2019. Only a third of the number of tourists who visited Estonia from the European Union in 2019 did so in…

Latvian PM wants to boost Covid-19 testing capacity

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

“Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš wants to increase the testing capacity of Covid-19 and ensure comprehensive and regular testing of risk groups, said  the Prime Minister’s press secretary Sandris Sabajevs February 8” – reported by LSM.LV Kariņš said that “the Covid-19 pandemic will have a relatively long impact on society, and therefore it is necessary to increase Covid-19’s testing capacity, and to ensure regular, comprehensive testing of risk groups” . In order…

Lithuanian government agrees on reopening shops and beauty salons

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

“Lithuania’s government has indicated it may lift restrictions on some non-grocery retailers and services, such as beauty salons and hairdressers, as of next week. The final decision is to be made on Wednesday” – LRT.LT reports. Only shops with direct street access would be allowed to reopen. Businesses will have to ensure at least 20 square meters of floor space per customer. “The proposal also includes reopening outdoor markets and…

Latvia’s AstraZeneca vaccine was transported in ‘too cold’ conditions

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

“On Sunday, February 7, the first batch of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine was delivered to Latvia. It looks like they were stored at a lower temperature than required,” the State Agency for Medicines said in a February 8 statement, ” – LSM.LV reports. The manufacturer’s opinion on the use of vaccines is now awaited, the State Agency of Medicines said. When the vaccines were received, it was found that the…