Posts published in Day: July 18, 2021

33 new Covid-19 cases in Latvia Sunday

Sunday, July 18, 2021

On Sunday, July 18, Latvia reported 33 new cases of Covid-19 infection, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 138,159. Of 7,321 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 0.5% were positive, consistent with the rate over the last two weeks. The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants ticked up very slightly from 27.8 Saturday to 27.9…

AK: Tallinn and Tartu differ on EU-compliant public transport fuel sources

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Questions of what eco-friendly fuels will be used to power public transport in Estonia’s two largest cities abound in the aftermath of this week’s European Commission announcement that fossil fuels must be phased out in the coming years, and certainly by 2035. Tallinn seems to be leaning towards the use of electric buses, with bio-gas-fueled buses as an intermediate interim, while Tartu, Tartu County and also Pärnu already use bio-gas…

AK: Estonia wants woody biomass recategorization in EU green package

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Estonia is seeking alterations to the treatment of woody biomass in the recently unveiled European Commission green package to reflect the fact that it, along with the other Nordic and Baltic member states, have far higher levels of forestation than the European Union’s core, ETV news show ‘Aktuaalne kaamera’ (AK) reported Thursday evening. While in the 1990s, wood was treated by the EU as a renewable energy source alongside wind…

Police and firefighter vaccination likely to be compulsory

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Vaccination is likely to be compulsory also for police officers and firefighters, according to the Interior Minister, Marija Golubeva, Latvian Radio reported July 16. Although the amendments to the law on compulsory vaccination specifically highlight educational, social care and medical institutions, the obligation on state institutions to provide epidemiologically safe services means that the obligation to vaccinate will apply to a much wider range of employees. Heads of establishments will decide on…