Posts published in Day: March 24, 2021

Latvia: Poultry owners reminded to keep birds indoors due to avian flu

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Some bird owners do not respect biosecurity, the Food and Veterinary Service (PVD) told Latvian Radio March 24. Stricter requirements, including keeping birds indoors, were introduced at the  end of February due to the spread of avian influenza. Specialist in the monitoring part of the PVD, Rudīte Vārna, said that in the last three weeks, the Service has carried out 225 inspections on poultry farms, and in around 10% of cases various irregularities have…

Emergency medical services expand specialist teams

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Two new, specially equipped cars have been purchased by emergency medical services (NMPD) specialist paramedic crews to help other NMPD teams, the service said March 24. Specialist paramedic brigades are one of the advanced resources of the service. These teams consist of an experienced reanimatologist anesthesiologist or emergency doctor, along with a doctor’s assistant, who is also a driver at the same time. This brigade cannot be called by the patient itself. It…

47 municipalities may open schools next week

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Pupils from grades 1-4 will be able to learn onsite in 47 municipalities where the cumulative incidence rate is currently below 220, according to the information published by Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) March 24. Starting Monday, March 29, pupils will be able to go to school in these municipalities: The list of municipalities where onsite learning is safe enough is published every Wednesday by SPKC.  LSM.LV

Next priority group could start getting Covid jabs mid-April

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The next risk group – teachers and people over 60 – is scheduled to start vaccination against Covid-19 April 12, Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts said March 24 at the government meeting. By Tuesday, March 23, 110,361 doses have been used for vaccination against Covid-19 in Latvia. So far, the majority of medical staff has been vaccinated, but the highest proportion of those who have received jabs is seniors over the…

Tallinn to join European minute of silence for covid pandemic victims

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Tallinn will participate in a Europe-wide minute of silence for the victims of coronavirus on Wednesday to mark a year since the start of the pandemic. The minute of silence is an initiative of the city network Eurocities, of which Tallinn is a member. Eurocities is a network of 198 European cities from 38 countries, representing 130 million people.  The minute of silence will take place at 1 p.m. EET.…

“Green pass” should include only EU-approved vaccines

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The Digital Green Certificate being considered by the European Union should include only EU-approved vaccines, Lithuanian Foreign Voice Minister Arnoldas Pranckevicius says. Attending a video conference of the EU General Affairs Council, held in preparation for the upcoming European Council meeting, the vice minister underlined that Lithuania supports the proposal to create the “green pass”, the Foreign Ministry said. Lithuania also suggests that the initiative should include not only information…

Estonian Defense forces launch campaign to attract more female conscripts

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

“Women, you are welcome in the Estonian Defence Forces!” is the message behind a new campaign launched to attract more women to the Estonian armed forces. The campaign “Women into Uniform!” went live earlier this week and introduces career opportunities in the Estonian Defence Forces and busts conscript service myths. Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet (Reform) said women have the opportunity to complete conscript service and contribute to protecting the…

More charges brought in ‘digital TV’ case

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

As part of the criminal probe into the so-called ‘digital TV’ case, charges have also been brought against the Transport Ministry’s former state secretary Nils Freivalds and Lauris Dripe, the former head of the Latvian State Radio and Television Center (LVRTC), the LETA newswire reported March 23. Prosecutor Monvids Zelcs confirmed to LETA, without giving the suspects’ names, that a total of nine persons are currently facing criminal charges in connection…

Statistics: 2020 International seaborne passenger figures down 61 percent

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

While shipping freight volumes were substantively unchanged in 2020, the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic last year was followed by a 61 percent fall in international passenger ferry and cruise ship routes. Domestic ferry services also fell on year to 2020, though to a lower extent at 17 percent, BNS reports. Birgitta Ojamaa, analyst at Statistics Estonia said the international figures in particular were remarkable – with, for instance, just…

Risk of bringing Covid-19 by plane is low, say police

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The risks of bringing Covid-19 from abroad in an aircraft are currently much lower than by land, according to both the State Police and the Civil Aviation Agency, Latvian Television reported March 23. When Latvia allowed flights to and from third countries, social network sites became more active with both tour operators and travelers, however, so far no charter flights from Rīga have travelled to Egypt, Turkey or any other holiday destinations in…