Posts published in Day: April 9, 2021

Prince Philip: Queen’s husband, Duke of Edinburgh, has died aged 99

Friday, April 9, 2021

Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, Prince Philip, has died at the age of 99, Buckingham Palace has said. Known for his sense of humour and at times controversial gaffes, Queen Elizabeth II’s consort was the longest-serving in British history. His marriage to Queen Elizabeth lasted 74 years, with the couple celebrating their 70th anniversary in 2017. They had four children. During his time at Buckingham Palace, Philip carried out thousands of solo…

Covid-19 case total in Latvia rises by 658 on Friday

Friday, April 9, 2021

On Friday, April 9, Latvia recorded 658 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 106,574 Of 18,589 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 3.5% were positive, up slightly on the 3.1% figure the day before but below the 4% level regarded as the threshold at which the virus is spreading in an uncontrolled manner.…

Latvian Constitutional Court rules on same-sex partner inheritance

Friday, April 9, 2021

On April 9 the Constitutional Court declared that the rule which requires a same-sex family partner to pay a higher state fee for the inheritance of the estate of their deceased partner than spouses pay, shall be abolished. The  Constitutional Court concluded that such an approach does not correspond to the State’s obligation to protect families, stated in the Constitution. The rule expires on 1 June 2022, as stated in the Constitutional Court judgment. The judgment…

At-risk groups can line up for Covid vaccines in Rīga

Friday, April 9, 2021

On Saturday, April 10, people belonging to one of the priority groups currently getting Covid-19 jabs will be able to show up at mass vaccination centers in Rīga without an invitation, the Health Ministry said in a statement April 8. People who are currently eligible for a vaccine in Latvia are medical staff, persons aged 60 and over, social care center residents and employees, people with chronic diseases and people…

Saeima commission to probe government Covid decision-making

Friday, April 9, 2021

The Saeima on April 8, at the proposal of opposition lawmakers, made a decision to set up parliamentary ad hoc commission to investigate mistakes made by the Latvian government during the Covid-19 pandemic. The commission will work for six months, the LETA news agency said. LETA learned from opposition MP Viktors Valainis (Greens/Farmers) that 36 opposition lawmakers signed the proposal on setting up the ad hoc commission. A commission can be…

Rural tourism industry hopes for ‘logical’ Latvian government decisions

Friday, April 9, 2021

The rural tourism industry looks forward to ‘logical government decisions’ that would allow the industry to work in compliance with all the requirements needed to limit Covid-19, the head of the Rural Tourism Association, Asnāte Ziemele, told Latvian Radio April 9. She said last year was different for different representatives of the industry, for some it was very good, better than previous seasons, some were just surviving, but those who focused…

Health authorities recommend continuing AstraZeneca vaccination

Friday, April 9, 2021

Experts recommend that all population groups continue to be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccines, the State Agency of Medicines (ZVA) said April 8. In cooperation with the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) and State Council of Immunization, ZVA concluded that currently there are neither scientific nor epidemiological grounds to restrict vaccination with the “Vaxzevria” vaccine produced by AstraZeneca in any age groups. The experts recommend that all population groups continue to…

Lithuania has EU’s highest incarceration rate

Friday, April 9, 2021

Lithuania has the highest incarceration rate among EU countries, according to a Council of Europe report. With 220 prison inmates per 100,000 people, Lithuania is fourth among all Council of Europe members, behind only Turkey (357), Russia (356) and Georgia (264). “On 31st January 2020, there were 1,528,343 inmates in the penal institutions of the Council of Europe member states for which data are available. This corresponds to a European…

Spanish Foreign Minister visits Latvia

Friday, April 9, 2021

Spain’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of Spain, Arancha González Laya, was in Latvia on 8 April to meet with Latvian Foreign Minister, Edgars Rinkēvičs, on the occasion of the centenary of diplomatic relations between Latvia and Spain. The Foreign Ministers discussed bilateral relations and current issues concerning the European Union and security policy, as well as sharing views on developments in the EU’ s eastern and southern neighbourhoods. Following the meeting…

Estonian exports increased by 16 percent in February

Friday, April 9, 2021

In February, exports of goods increased by 16 percent and imports by 10 percent year on year, data from Statistics Estonia shows. The growth in foreign trade was significantly boosted by trade in mineral products and wood and articles of wood. In February, Estonia’s exports and imports of goods each amounted to 1.3 billion euros at current prices. The trade deficit was €73 million, having fallen by €49 million compared…