Posts published in Day: April 30, 2021

Three persons detained in illegal hostel fire case

Friday, April 30, 2021

Three persons have been detained in the case of a fire that occurred Wednesday in an illegal hostel in Rīga city center, State Police Rīga criminal department chief Juris Staļgevics told Latvian Television April 28. On websites where travelers rate accommodation, the  overall rating   for the hostel is weak. Many former clients have given it the lowest possible evaluation and warned others about dirt and bugs, suspicious residents, alcohol and…

Tourism near borders requires passing permit, Border Guard reminds

Friday, April 30, 2021

The State border zone is banned from the public. When visiting tourism objects or visiting the border zone in general, a pass is required, Latgale regional television reported April 28. A special permit is needed if persons over 15 are visiting zones in the border area. Recently the public has been increasingly violating these rules. With the beginning of the tourism season, the State Border Guard and tourism specialists hope…

Wednesday saw highest number of jabs against Covid-19

Friday, April 30, 2021

The pace of vaccination against Covid-19 has climbed in Latvia, reaching a new daily record on Wednesday, April 28, LETA reported. According to data from the National Health Service (NVD), at least 11,111 people were vaccinated on Wednesday (data may still be entered), including 8,117 people receiving the first shot and 2,994 people got the second dose. So far, the record number of vaccinated people had been reached on April 21, when around…

Finance minister: Ministries must cut spend by €60 million in 2022

Friday, April 30, 2021

Government ministries must be prepared to make spending cuts to the tune of €60 million next year, finance minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (Reform) says. Pentus-Rosimannus’ comments follow state budget strategy discussions which have been going on this week, involving the two coalition parties, Center and Reform, who have not been seeing eye-to-eye on all aspects of the negotiations. The finance minister told daily Postimees that: “We had a difficult partner at…

Vaccination Bureau must go, Saeima decides

Friday, April 30, 2021

On Thursday, the Saeima supported amendments to the Covid-19 Infection Management Law, which requires Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš to instruct the responsible minister to remove the Vaccination Project Bureau by June 1. Proposal for amendments to the law was tabled by opposition Member Jūlija Stepaņenko. The vaccination project bureau was created in January this year as a unit of the Ministry of Health (VM). Therefore, the Minister responsible for the removal…

First quarter GDP hit by virus effect

Friday, April 30, 2021

A flash estimate released by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) April 29 shows that in the first quarter of 2021, compared to the same quarter of 2020, gross domestic product (GDP) decreased by 2.2 % (according to seasonally and calendar non-adjusted data). According to provisional estimates, GDP was affected by a drop of 1.3 % in producing sectors and a reduction of 4.0 % in services sectors. Compared to the final quarter of 2020, GDP fell by 2.6 %…

Government decides against Russian-language vaccination newspaper

Friday, April 30, 2021

At the meeting on April 29, Latvian government decided against producing informative materials about vaccination in Russian. On Thursday, the government discussed possible exceptions to legislation in order to allow people to be informed of vaccination against Covid-19 in foreign languages, including in Russian, through a “vaccination paper”. However, the proposal was not supported and a way of providing information that is consistent with existing laws will have to be sought.…

Signup for vaccine time and place available for early applicants

Friday, April 30, 2021

Residents outside priority groups who applied for a vaccine on manavakcina.lv in February are already allowed to sign up for vaccination time and place, Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts told Latvian Television April 30. In total, on April 30, the possibility to select a vaccine time and place on the manavakcina.lv site is open for 40,222 people – these are the people who signed up soon after the site went live in…

Despite restrictions, turnover grew in retail trade enterprises

Friday, April 30, 2021

In March 2021, the turnover of retail trade enterprises was €657 million, data from Statistics Estonia show. Compared to March 2020, turnover increased by 4 percent at constant prices. Jaanika Tiigiste, leading analyst at Statistics Estonia, said that despite the coronavirus-related restrictions that were re-introduced in March, retail trade enterprises recorded turnover growth. “Among the stores selling manufactured goods, turnover fell in department stores, clothing and footwear stores, pharmacies and cosmetics stores, while…

Three for the Weekend: Researchers’ Night, chamber music, Tallinas Square fair

Friday, April 30, 2021

This weekend in Latvia is a long-awaited one, since it will last for four days instead of two due to the Independence Restoration day on May 4, which will come with events such as the film marathon , folk costume parade and concerts. Meanwhile, here are some tips to enjoy before that comes. The Researchers’ Night is an event dedicated to explaining and promoting of science achievements in Latvia, as…