Posts published in Day: June 22, 2021

People vaccinated abroad can get a Covid certificate in Latvia

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

People who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 abroad will still be able to get a Covid-19 certificate in Latvia. The government decided on the system to do it June 22. To obtain a certificate, people will be able to submit a document confirming vaccination against Covid-19 to any of the five branches of the National Health Service (NVD) (list and contact information  here  ). The entering of technical data into the e-health system…

Public transport fill increased to 80% in Latvia

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

The maximum fill of passengers in public transport has been increased to 80% in place of the previous 65% of the total capacity, Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits said on Twitter June 22. The changes to the regulation take effect immediately. The amendments to the rules adopted last week provided for a gradual increase in passenger fill, in line with the plan developed by the Ministry of Health (the so-called traffic light…

Latvia’s recovery plan endorsed

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said June 22 she was “happy to endorse Latvia’s recovery plan” as part of a wider European Union effort to kickstart the economy and wider society in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking in Rīga, von der Leyen promised the package of measures would transform European society. Speaking alongside Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš, von der Leyen said: “Next Generation EU is…

Spa center files legal action over COVID-19 restrictions

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

A Tallinn spa has lodged a legal action over coronavirus restrictions which, it says, saw it closed for considerably longer than other tourism- and entertainment-related firms, such as restaurants and hotels, themselves the subject of restrictions during the pandemic. The firm, Mustamäe Elamus SPA, says it aims to both establish the unlawfulness of the government’s orders which restricted its activities, and will file a claim for damages. The company adds…

Estonia in top ten in innovation across European Union

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Estonia falls in the top ten in a European Commission ranking of member states’ innovation levels. Along with Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Lithuania, Estonia’s performance in the area has improved by more than 25 percentage points since 2014, BNS reports, with Belgium, Croatia, Finland and Sweden also seeing strong improvement. The latter is overall scoreboard leader, with Finland, Denmark and Belgium occupying the next three spots. Estonia is in ninth…

Rīga Airport improves Covid-19 testing process

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Riga International Airport in cooperation with the E.Gulbja laboratory has improved the process of Covid-19 testing by offering passengers the possibility of performing PCR saliva tests before border controls and immediately go wait for the results in their place of self-isolation, the airport said June 22. The new  travel arrangements, which entered into force on June 16, cancelled tests on entry for those who are vaccinated or overcome Covid-19, but those who must…

Fuel companies say gas prices may reach all-time high in Estonia

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Gasoline prices in Estonia have been steadily rising due to several factors, including recovery from the pandemic and world crude oil prices creeping up. Spokespersons for some of the major fuel retailers in Estonia agree that this trend looks set to continue through summer, and may result in all-time record prices at pump. As of Monday evening, the price of a liter of 95 gasoline cost €1.439, the highest in…

Lifted restrictions not yet led to more arrivals from Russia, Finland

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Estonia opened its borders Monday to vaccinated arrivals from so-called third countries, referring primarily to non-European Union states and in practice mainly affecting Russian citizens and the Russian Federation, ETV news show ‘Aktuaalne kaamera’ (AK) reported. While the move was not immediately accompanied by a significant surge in border crossings, these are likely to increase, AK found, though this depends as much on the Russian authorities permitting their own citizens…

Dwelling Price Index in Estonia rose by 6.6 percent

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

In the first quarter of 2021, the Dwelling Price Index increased by 6.6 percent compared both to the fourth and the first quarter of 2020, data from Statistics Estonia shows. The Dwelling Price Index expresses the changes in the square meter prices of transactions made by households for the purchase of dwellings and it is compiled for apartments and houses (detached, semi-detached and terraced houses). Egne Säinast, analyst at Statistics…

Covid-19 morbidity declined by 36% last week

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

The incidence of Covid-19 in Latvia decreased by 36% last week compared to the previous week, according to information published June 21 by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). On average, 111 new cases were detected in one day (174 a week earlier). The number of tests performed decreased by 11.2% last week, with an average daily of 8,126 tests, while 9,152 tests were conducted a week earlier on average. An average…