Posts published in Day: August 3, 2021

Baltic states and others condemn Nord Stream 2 pipeline

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

The Chairs of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the parliaments of Latvia, Estonia Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Poland, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States have underlined in a joint statement that the completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline will undermine the European gas market, endanger security, and threaten the already precarious sovereignty of Ukraine. The signatories consider Nord Stream 2 a geopolitical project geared towards expanding Russia’s influence on Europe…

Industrial production up by 7.6% in June

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Data published August 3 by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that, compared to June 2020, in June 2021 industrial production output increased by 7.6% according to calendar adjusted data at constant prices. The number was affected by the output increase in manufacturing – by 10.9% and in mining and quarrying – by 9.3%. In turn, industrial production output decreased in electricity and gas supply – by 14.9%, with a significant decrease in…

Doctors disapprove of vaccine lottery

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

The Latvian Association of Doctors (LĀB) supports vaccination as the safest and most effective means of limiting the Covid-19 pandemic but is categorically opposed to organizing a vaccine lottery, according to LĀB’s statement August 3. The Association says that the use of fiscal incentives to promote public health should only be allowed in exceptional cases. “The association calls for the cessation of wasting taxpayers’ money for inefficient advertising campaigns and to channel the money…

Daily Covid-19 case total back in three figures

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

On Tuesday, August 3, Latvia reported 112 new cases of Covid-19 infection, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). It is the first time Latvia has seen a daily total in three figures since June 23. The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 139,037. Of 8,640 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 1.3% were positive. The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000…

People still ready to pay for Covid-19 tests to attend events

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Since August 1, some people have had to pay for a Covid-19 test for specific purposes. So far, people are prepared to pay, Latvian Television reported August 2. A  fee applies to the tests needed to create a Covid-19 certificate for visiting events, receiving services, or traveling abroad. Stella Lapiņa, chair of the Central Laboratory Board, said on Monday: “Today I asked our call center about the changes, let’s say, to compare Monday with…

Gambling Inspectorate blocked 582 domains in six months

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

A summary of the results of financial activities of gambling companies for 2020–2021 has been prepared by the Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspectorate (Inspectorate), showing that in the first six months of 2021 the revenue from gambling in Latvia was 51.903 million euros. The figure is 26% less than the result for the first six months of 2020. At present, gambling is organized in Latvia by 17 official merchants, of which 10 organize face-to-face gambling in gaming halls…

Latvia becomes CERN associated Member State

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

On August 2, 2021, Latvia became an associated Member State of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). “We have finally come to where we should have been – Latvian scientists will now play in the highest league of science. By targeting all the necessary criteria, we have qualified for work in one of the world’s most powerful science laboratories. Participation in CERN will increase the overall level of science both…

Rīga Airport hopes to serve 2 million passengers this year

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

This year, two million passengers could be served at Riga International Airport in best case scenario – about as many as last year, said Laila Odiņa, Chair of the airport board, in an interview with Latvian Radio August 3. She said that the number of passengers was currently increasing, for example, July had almost 50% more passengers than June, but Odiņa was no longer predicting such a rapid increase in August. She estimated that this month,…

Electricity prices will rise for all Latvia’s households

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Electricity is becoming more expensive due to rising natural gas prices and the impact of Covid-19 on the economy in Latvia. All Latvian residents will experience price increases, but this will not happen at the same time. Experts’ forecasts for future price changes differ, Latvian Television reported August 2. About 85% of Latvian households purchase electricity from Latvenergo. Starting August 1, the fixed price of the company’s electricity tariff “Elektrum Ekonomiskais”…

Covid-19 morbidity grew rapidly last week

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

In Latvia, the number of newly confirmed cases of Covid-19 increased by 29.8% last week, according to the latest data of the Disease Control and Prevention Center (SPKC) published August 2. Last week, an average of 7,468 Covid-19 tests per day were conducted and an average of 60 new cases a day were detected. A week earlier, 7,184 tests were conducted and 46 cases found a day. In the past seven…