Posts published in Day: May 11, 2021

Construction output in Latvia fell by 12.4% in first quarter

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The latest data published May 10 by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia (CSB) show that, in the first quarter of 2021, compared to the 1st quarter of 2020, construction output decreased by 12.4 % (according to calendar adjusted data at constant prices). The construction output decreased in construction of buildings – by 16.6%, in civil engineering – by 11.6% and in specialized construction activities – by 6%. The decline in construction output…

Statistics: Foreign trade grew on year to March 2021

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Imports rose 20 percent on year to March, while exports were just behind at 19 percent growth, state agency Statistics Estonia reports. Increases in trade in electrical equipment, mineral products, timber and wood-based products and also transport-related items were the driving factors in the growth, the agency says. Evelin Puura, leading analyst at Statistics Estonia, said that higher prices of materials, as well as increased volumes, had had a significant…

Nearly half of 70-79 year-olds have been vaccinated

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Among all age groups, the largest proportion of vaccinated people is in the group of people aged 70 to 79 years, namely, 47% of these people have got their jabs, Vaccination Bureau representative Ieva Stūre told Latvian Television May 11. She acknowledged that fewer people were vaccinated in the age group above 80, and it is currently being considered how to further identify and encourage these people. Vaccination centers will work in…

Latvian judges feel political pressure from Justice Ministry, study shows

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

70% of surveyed judges feel they are under political pressure from the Ministry of Justice (TM), according to a recent survey on the independence of the judicial system, Latvian Radio reported May 10. The survey conducted by University of Latvia’s department of anthropology on behalf of the  Judicial Council involved 335 or 61% of all Latvia’s judges. Ivita Putniņa, lead researcher of the department, said that 70.7% of the surveyed judges…

Government unlikely to impose new restrictions: Kariņš

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Although medics warn about the increase in Covid-19 morbidity , the government is unlikely to introduce new restrictions, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) said after a meeting of coalition parties May 10. He said that, on the contrary, it is more likely to relax restrictions for people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19, which the government plans to discuss on Thursday. According to a document adopted by the government at the…