Posts published in Day: October 12, 2021

80% of Covid beds filled at Latvian hospitals

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Nearly 80% of beds designated for Covid-19 patients in Latvian hospitals are occupied, according to a report by Health Ministry on October 12. The information provided by the Ministry of Health shows that the total load of beds for Covid-19 patients remains high, despite the fact that the number of beds adapted for Covid-19 patient needs is increasing. During the week, the number of beds increased by 64% – from 709 to 970,…

Latvia: Government approves draft budget for 2022

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

On Tuesday, October 12, the government approved the draft state budget for 2022, which is scheduled to be submitted to the Saeima on Thursday at the traditional budget transfer ceremony. The Saeima will then be able to start the decision process on next year’s state budget. In total, €696.8 million is earmarked for the priorities identified by the government in 2022. It is planned to allocate €385 million to various sectoral priorities,…

Fuel prices reach new record levels

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Fuel prices have reached a new high, breaking the previous record-levels for Estonia. As of Tuesday, 95 gasoline had risen by two cents, to €1.559 per liter at pump, while 98 octane rose three cents, to €1.609 per liter. Diesel, below a euro-a-liter for much of the second half of last year, now costs €1.349 per liter. A week ago, 95 octane gas cost €1.539, 98 octane €1.589 and diesel…

Lithuania’s Miltinis Theatre won a tender to renew the audio system

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Audiotonas recently won a tender to renew the audio system at the 400-capacity Juozas Miltinis Theatre in Lithuania. Situated in Panevezys, the fifth largest city in the country, the Grand Hall has been upgraded with a Martin Audio Wavefront Precision (WPM) line array, recently accoladed with a Queen’s Award for Innovation. According to Audiotonas chief audio engineer (and system designer), Vytautas Stasiukaitis, an old-school point source PA system, more than…

August tax take up 7.1 percent on year

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The Ministry of Finance announced, the Tax and Customs Board (MTA) took in €722 million in taxes for August, a 7.1 percent rise on year, and 11 percent more than planned for in the budget. Corporate income tax, an area in focus at present LNK, saw receipts fall by 25.8 percent in August, or by approximately €11 million, due to a lack of distributed profits of state-owned companies this year.…

Lithuania: 1 768 new COVID-19 cases

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Yesterday 16 people died of COVID-19 in Lithuania. The death toll reaches 12 716 cases. 22 279 COVID-19 cases are still active. Yesterday 11 585 PCR and 11 980 antigen tests were done to detect COVID-19. 6 014 people were vaccinated yesterday in Lithuania. In total, 1 637 461 are fully vaccinated.

Truck driver shortage experienced in Europe

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The lack of truck drivers and the problems it poses in the road transport sector in Europe have been expanding in recent weeks, and the consequences are felt also in Latvia, October 12. The United Kingdom, with Brexit and the pandemic, is currently facing the deepest crisis in the sector. However, Latvian entrepreneurs are also increasingly aware of shortages. Arkādijs Praiss, owner of the road transport firm Heders and Chairman…

Rail Baltica had signed a safety contract

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The Rail Baltica joint venture RB Rail AS, together with the national project implementors SIA Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas, Rail Baltic Estonia OÜ and AB LTG Infra said October 12 they had signed a contract to provide safety assessment services on the whole project. The contract, worth 4.5 million euros is with with French firm  Certifer SA   as the single safety assessment services provider (AsBo) for the entire Rail Baltica line, throughout the…

Unvaccinated people more likely to get COVID-19 diagnosis

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

In Latvia, unvaccinated people are diagnosed with Covid-19 2.7 times more often than fully vaccinated people, according to the data released by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC). The number of new Covid-19 cases confirmed in Latvia from October 4 to 10 grew by 40.5 percent against the week before. The number of hospitalizations kept growing as well, rising by 36.1 percent week-on-week, with severe patients accounting for…

New rules of Rīga International Film Festival

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Organizers of the Riga International Film Festival (RigaIFF), which starts in just two days and runs from October 14 to 24, say they will have to intrduce last-minute changes to some events as a result of the new sate of emergency which started Monday. “This year’s RIGA IFF has been initially planned as a so-called “green regime” event, so we can say that the festival’s live screenings will still take place. If…