Posts published in Day: August 16, 2021

Two people were detain for vaccination fraud

Monday, August 16, 2021

The State Police said that over the weekend, police have discovered another location in Riga where bogus vaccination against Covid-19 was allegedly organized. Two persons were detained in connection with the incident. One of the persons detained is a medical worker. The VP, in cooperation with other institutions, continues to investigate  the case for alleged fictitious vaccination and bribery. The law-enforcement officials call for people who have received a fake…

Number of new Covid-19 cases in Latvia increased by 34.3%

Monday, August 16, 2021

According to information published by the Disease Prevention and Control Center, last week the number of new Covid-19 cases in Latvia increased by 34.3% and the number of imported cases grew significantly. From August 9 to 15, an average of 7,900 tests (the week before 7,451) were conducted daily and an average of 100 new cases were detected per day (75 before). In the last seven days, an average of…

Finance technology group Twino reports best profits yet

Monday, August 16, 2021

The consolidated net profit of the finance technology (fintech) group TWINO, which provides lending and P2P investment brokerage services, reached EUR 7.4 million in 2020 according to the company’s audited consolidated financial statements for year 2020. In 2020, the company also continued its preparations for becoming a licensed investment broker later this year. “All of the main preparatory work for the receipt of an investment brokerage license in Latvia has already been completed,…

Only one in three disabled people have a job in Latvia

Monday, August 16, 2021

Latvia has more than 190 thousand adult persons with disabilities, and only about 27% are employed. This is half the average in the European Union, Latvian Radio reported August 16. Ilona Jurševska, head of the State Agency for Social Inclusion (SIVA), explained that the reasons for the relatively low rate of employment in Latvia are different – from difficult external circumstances to lack of confidence. Many of these people have also obtained education…

Where can you pitch a tent in Latvia?

Monday, August 16, 2021

Latvia looks like a wild camping paradise and in many ways it is. But where are you actually allowed to camp and where not, and what other rules determine your choice of campsite? Article   5 of the    Forest Law   stipulates that everyone has the right to move freely through state, municipal, as well as private forests, unless signs restricting movement are displayed, such as the inscription “Private property” or…

49 new Covid cases on Monday

Monday, August 16, 2021

On Monday, August 16, Latvia recorded 49 new cases of Covid-19 infection, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). Monday’s figure is usually the lowest of the week in absolute terms due to a smaller number of tests being perfrmed on Sundays. Of that number 39 were unvaccinated persons, or persons not fully vaccinated, and 10 were fully vaccinated. The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic…

More people got first-dose jabs last week

Monday, August 16, 2021

A total of 32,752 persons were vaccinated against Covid-19 in Latvia last week, averaging 4,679 people per day. This is one of the lowest numbers since March, according to data compiled by the National Health Service (NVD), LETA reported August 16. A lower number of vaccinated people was experienced only during Midsummer week when 31,781 people got the jab. Last week, a total of 17,138 people received the first dose of…

Council of Europe official comments on border situation

Monday, August 16, 2021

All Council of Europe member states (of which Latvia is one) are obliged to fully respect the rights of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers – even if another state directly encourages migrants to cross the border. Arrivals cannot simply be sent back without an adequate procedure and risk assessment for these people, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe Dunja Mijatović said August 16 in  comments to Rus.lsm.lv . However,…

Grants offered for development cooperation and global education projects

Monday, August 16, 2021

The Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) is launching a grant project competition, “Support for Development Cooperation and Development (Global) Education Projects Funded by the European Commission and Other International Aid Donors in the Recipient Countries Defined by the Republic of Latvia, and in the Republic of Latvia”, it said August 13. “The co-financing grant competition will prioritize development cooperation projects. A recipient country may be any partner country; however,…

Most firetrucks in Latvia are over 25 years old

Monday, August 16, 2021

The average age of the State Fire and Rescue Service (VUGD) firetruck fleet is over twenty years, many even thirty and fifty years, Latvian Television reported August 15. There are currently around 100 special vehicles aged between 25 and 50, and 95 road tankers that have been in use for more than thirty years in the VUGD. The commander of the Jaunjelgava station Artūrs Grikpēdis said: “Cars break very often, especially during…