Posts published in Day: March 4, 2021

Latvia expects shortage of vaccines to continue for a month

Thursday, March 4, 2021

In Latvia, an ‘acute shortage’ of vaccines against Covid-19 is expected to last throughout March, Eva Juhņēviča, head of the Vaccination Project Bureau, told Latvian Television March 4. The Vaccination Bureau is trying to stick to its target of 2,000 vaccinated people per day. That goal was reached last week, and the plan is to meet it also this week. The pace and capacity of vaccination in Latvia is increasing but is…

Latvia: Hospitals raise alarm about a third wave of Covid-19

Thursday, March 4, 2021

The Balvi and Gulbene Hospital Association has raised the alarm about an expected third wave of Covid-19, along with the spread of the most contagious type of Covid-19 in the area, Latvian Television reported March 3. Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts confirmed that hospitals are heavily congested in Vidzeme and Latgale regions. In Balvi hospital, the load of beds for Covid-19 has reached 100%, which means that there are no longer free beds and patients are forced to…

Council of Europe evaluates Latvia’s national minority protection policy

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Council of Europe’s Committee of  Ministers issued a resolution March 3 regarding Latvia’s policy of national minority protection. The document (available to  read here  ) noted a number of positive developments in this regard, such as support to national minority cultural space, a diverse media environment, as well as support for national minority educational programs through continued state funding. The resolution also mentions that great effort has been made to…

Latvia’s Covid-19 case total rises by 646

Thursday, March 4, 2021

On Thursday, March 4, Latvia recorded 646 new cases of Covid-19, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 88,668. Of 15,156 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 4.3% were positive, down quite significantly on the 6.4% ratio the day before. 4% is regarded as the threshold rate at which the virus is spreading in an uncontrolled manner. The…

Retail bosses: Restrictions fair, but congestion coming week-day evenings

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Retail leaders and associations have said that while some aspects of the latest government restrictions have caused some head scratching, in general, the measures are reasonable, in some ways less far-reaching than those issued in last spring, and should not severely impact the sector as things stand, though they may lead to a crush of customers on work-day evenings. Shopping mall, store and other entrepreneurs must ensure that no more…

Estonia: Unemployment fund to endorse €30 million wage support measure

Thursday, March 4, 2021

The government and the Unemployment Insurance Fund have agreed on wage support measures amounting to approximately €30 million, Minister of Health and Labor Tanel Kiik said on Thursday. Speaking at the government’s press conference, the minister said the measure is to be made available to the sectors directly affected by the new restrictions, such as food service companies, spas, and the fields of sports and culture, as well as sectors…

Public transport twice as crowded as April 2020 in Latvia

Thursday, March 4, 2021

A large part of the population uses public transport to go to work. Data from the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry show that around 60% of businesses have introduced remote work. Rīga Transport data shows that passenger traffic is still well below the pre-pandemic level, but the average number of passengers per day is twice as high as in April last year, when the first state of emergency was in place. A survey…

Rearrangement in the Lithuanian president’s team

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Algė Budrytė, chancellor of the Lithuanian president’s office, Antanas Bubnelis, the president’s spokesman, and another two members of the president’s team are stepping down, with two new advisers, on economic and legal affairs, joining the team. Agila Barzdienė will take over from Budrytė as the chancellor, and Raminta Stanaitytė-Česniulienė, spokeswoman for former Finance Minister Vilius Šapoka, will replace Ridas Jasiulionis as head of the president’s communication group. Jasiulionis will coordinate…

Unemployment Insurance Fund to send wage compensation bill to Estonian government

Thursday, March 4, 2021

The Unemployment Insurance Fund’s (töötukassa) council’s chairman Peep Peterson has said the council will gather on Thursday (March 4) to specify the sectors which need compensation in March. The draft legislation will then go directly to the government for approval on the same day. “We have submitted two packages to the government before. One of them was that the situation will get worse and the economy needs to be closed.…

Lithuania reports 517 new Covid-19 cases and 10 deaths

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Lithuania has registered 517 new coronavirus infections and ten deaths from Covid-19 over the past 24 hours. Overall, 200,884 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Lithuania since the start of the pandemic. Currently 186,737 people are considered as having statistically recovered from COVID-19, and 7,117 as statistically ill, compared to the declared numbers of 141,983 and 51,871, respectively. A total of 3,294 people have died from Covid-19 in Lithuania…