Posts published in Day: September 15, 2021

Electricity prices to reach record levels in Estonia

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Each European Union state has their own model to aid vulnerable consumers and Estonia has its subsistence benefits, the European Commissioner for Energy told in response to record-high electricity prices. “I asked my family of three people living in a three-room apartment for their electricity bill. August 2019 and August 2021. True, the price of electricity has grown. It was €2.77 in 2019 and now more than €5.50. If we…

The Central Statistical Bureau: 25.3 thousand job vacancies in Latvia

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Data published September 15 by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that at the end of the second quarter of 2021, there were 25.3 thousand job vacancies. Compared to the second quarter of 2020, this number has increased by 4.2 thousand. or 20.1%. There were 16.9 thousand job vacancies in the private sector, whereas 8.4 thousand in the public sector. During the year, the number of job vacancies in the private sector increased by 4.0 thousand…

7,200 doses of Janssen were delivered to Latvia

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

After a long break due to the manufacturer’s delay, 7,200 doses of Janssen single-dose vaccines were delivered to Latvia on Tuesday, September 14. More than 19,000 doses are scheduled to arrive on September 21, National Health Service (NVD) said. The small volume currently delivered, the Vaccination working group decided to prioritize the allocation of Janssen vaccines to hospital patients, patients getting home-visit vaccination (bedbound and senior patients), persons with mental…

The Saeima is viewing amendments to the Postal Law

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The Saeima is viewing amendments to the Postal Law which will allow customs to inspect suspicious mailings more closely. Deputy Director of the State Revenue Service (VID) Customs Administration Sandra Kārkliņa-Ādmine said that customs control all mailings arriving in Latvia via both Latvijas Pasts postal service and courier services. Last year, narcotic substances were found in 592 shipments, 192 in eight months this year, but the volume has remained similar. Kārkliņa-Ādmine…

Demand for taxis has increased since spring

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Demand for taxis using ride hailing apps has significantly increased since spring and transport company Bolt has said this is behind recent price rises. ETV’s current affairs show “Aktuaalne kaamera” (AK) looked into why the prices of taxis called by apps have risen over recent months on Tuesday’s broadcast. The show spoke to Alina who often uses ride hailing apps to get to work. She told AK her fares have…

The government is discussing the state budget for next year

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The government is discussing the state budget for next year, which is set to measure out at around €12 billion and the government sector’s costs are €600 million higher than revenue. Ministers are asking for pay increases for teachers, police officers and culture workers. Minister of Finance Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (Reform) said the good economic situation should be used to move toward the state not spending more than it is taking…

Latvia: 700 new Covid-19 cases

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

According to the Disease Prevention and Control Center, Latvia recorded 697 new cases of Covid-19 infection, on Wednesday, September 15. Of the total number of positive cases, 584 were unvaccinated persons, or persons not fully vaccinated, and 113 were fully vaccinated. The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 148,485. Of 44,417 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 1.6 % were positive. The 14-day…

Increasingly wealthier Estonian can handle electricity prices

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Grid distributor Elering chairman of the board Taavi Veskimägi told that the current high electricity prices stem from the high prices of coal and natural gas and the increased CO2 quota price. There is plenty capacity to produce electricity in Europe and people worried about the climate should consider considerably higher prices, he added. “If we are speaking about the price of electricity in Europe, we must understand that not…

Situation at hospitals in regards to Covid-19 patients

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The head of the Department of Public Health and Epidemiology at Riga Stradins University, Professor Girts Brigis told that a critical situation at hospitals in regards to Covid-19 patients will be reached quite quickly. He emphasized that there is currently a rapid increase in infection rates, which is fully in line with previous forecasts. This means that the filling of hospital beds also occurs in a geometric progression and doubles…

People with immunosuppressed can receive an additional vaccine

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

State Concil of Immunization said that people with suppressed immunity can receive an additional vaccine against Covid-19. The National Health Service (NVD)’s leading expert on healthcare, Līga Gaigala, said that there are currently around 10,000 people identified who could receive an additional dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. The number can change with patients evaluated by doctors. Dace Zavadska, head of the State Council of Immunization, said that the need for an…