Posts published in Day: April 5, 2021

119 new cases of Covid-19 recorded Monday in Latvia

Monday, April 5, 2021

On Monday, April 5, Latvia recorded 119 new cases of Covid-19, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 104,224. the low number is explained by the fact that only 3,139 tests were carried out. Of that number 3.8% of tests were positive, down on the 5.7% figure the day before. 4% is regarded as the threshold at which the…

Mass vaccination centers in Latvia deliver disappointing figures

Monday, April 5, 2021

A total of 1,735 people were vaccinated on Sunday, at six vaccination centers were up and running throughout the country. The figure is the total for all six centers, not an average per center, and is about 1,000 fewer when compared to Saturday, or the first day these vaccination centers began their work. The total is well below the vaccination numbers achieved on some days before the large-scale centers opened. Health Minister said…

Mass vaccination in Lithuania aimed to start by June 1

Monday, April 5, 2021

The Lithuanian government expects to start mass vaccination against COVID-19 by June 1, an official said on Friday. A mass vaccination campaign will involve administering around 3 million shots to 1.5 million people. Next Wednesday, the Cabinet is planning to adopt decisions on the further organization of the process. A total of 349,930 people in Lithuania have received their first coronavirus vaccine shots so far and 168,740 percent have been…

Covid-19 case total increases by 587 in Latvia

Monday, April 5, 2021

On Friday, April 2, Latvia recorded 587 new cases of Covid-19. The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 103,588. Of 17,046 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 3.4% were positive, almost the same as the 3.5% rate the day before. 4% is regarded as the threshold at which the virus is spreading in an uncontrolled manner. The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants fell from 372.1…

Liepāja tram driver killed at work

Monday, April 5, 2021

A tram driver in Liepāja was killed while driving a tram on April 1, reports LSM. The tram driver was 59 years old and had been in the job several years. The motives for the attack are currently unclear. A passenger attacked the tram driver with a knife, stabbing him in the neck. The attack took place on a new tram equipped with video surveillance. The attacker was immediately detained by the…

More pupils may be allowed back to school after Easter in Latvia

Monday, April 5, 2021

Following the Easter holidays, from April 7 additional classes will be allowed back to school for in-person education, provided local Covid-19 morbidity rates are below the allowed threshold, the government decided April 1. From April 7, face-to-face learing will be possible for classes 1-6 and class 12, subject to epidemiological safety requirements and weekly testing of educational staff. From 7 April, in municipalities where the two-week morbidity rate per 100,000…

Estonian Finance ministry estimates 2.5 percent economic growth for 2021

Monday, April 5, 2021

The Ministry of Finance estimates Estonia’s economic growth for the ongoing year to stand at 2.5 percent and 4.6 percent for 2022, if the spread of COVID-19 is under control and vaccinations proceed to go forward as planned. Minister of Finance Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (Reform) said the coronavirus economic crisis was shorter and more lenient than feared. “Coming out of an unprecedented budgetary hole requires long-term effort and an iron will,”…

Record stock exchange year brought out small investors and new companies in Estonia

Monday, April 5, 2021

The Estonian arm of Nasdaq’s Baltic services saw its record for the number of transactions crushed over the last year, leading to an influx of small investors and Estonian companies taking themselves to the public market. In 2020, the number of transactions on Nasdaq Tallinn’s exchange grew more than fivefold. The number of accounts with at least one stock registered also grew: from 37,000 in 2019 to 45,000 by the…

Estonian IT and foreign trade minister: Need to avoid overemphasis on protectionism

Monday, April 5, 2021

Estonia should be mindful of evolving attitudes to foreign trade, both within the European Union and within the framework of the World Trade Organization (WTO), as well as other contexts, Minister for Foreign Trade and IT Andres Sutt (Reform) says. This should strike a balance on focus on the union and that of third countries – a phrase used regularly in Estonia to refer to non-EU nations of all kinds…

Estonian government approves €46-million COVID-19 support for regions

Monday, April 5, 2021

The government has approved €46-million in local support, which puts a particular emphasis on Ida-Viru County. The cabinet approved the move at its regular Thursday sitting and endorsed the terms and conditions of the aid, which comes as part of the supplementary budget passed last month in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the second of its kind since the virus arrived over a year ago. Minister of Public Administration…