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Latvian Teachers to start getting Covid-19 jabs Monday

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Next week, vaccination against Covid-19 will begin for school teachers and educators working in close contact with children, the Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) said April 9. The IZM will make lists of teachers who need the vaccine immediately (those working onsite). Minister of Health Daniels Pavļuts said at a press conference Friday that the Ministry of Health would work on lists submitted by IZM and would invite educators to…

Computer and telecoms stores will be allowed to open in malls

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Computer and telecommunications specialized shops will be able to operate in large malls, government decided on Thursday, April 8. Thus, in shopping malls with a total area of more than 7000 square meters and comprising at least five dealers or service providers, stores selling computers, computer accessories, videogame controllers and standard software, and telecommunications equipment, will be able to open and sell these items onsite. Currently, these stores in major…

Travel bans cost Lithuania millions

Saturday, April 10, 2021

The government set aside over 7 million euros to impose lockdown restrictions, with the lion share being allocated for the travel bans that lasted from mid-December until April 7. Was the measure worth it? The measure was discontinued because it had already been “exhausted”, Lithuanian Health Minister Arūnas Dulkys said on Tuesday. “We have to admit that this measure […] has exhausted its possibilities,” he said, adding that the travel…

RIsk groups can line up for Covid vaccines Saturday

Saturday, April 10, 2021

On Saturday, April 10, people belonging to one of the priority groups currently getting Covid-19 jabs will be able to show up at mass vaccination centers in Rīga without an invitation, Health Ministry said in an informative statement April 8. People who are currently eligible for a vaccine in Latvia are medical staff, persons aged 60 and over, social care center residents and employees, people with chronic diseases and people…

Latvian universities will be allowed to hold classes in other EU languages

Saturday, April 10, 2021

On Thursday, April 8, the Saeima adopted  amendments to the Law on Higher Education in the final reading, according to the Saeima press service. The amendments provide that in all universities and colleges, studies are carried out in Latvian, but if the university meets certain quality criteria, it will have the right to hold study programs in another language which is an official  language of one of the European Union’s…

Covid-19 case total in Latvia rises by 658 on Friday

Friday, April 9, 2021

On Friday, April 9, Latvia recorded 658 new cases of Covid-19, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 106,574 Of 18,589 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 3.5% were positive, up slightly on the 3.1% figure the day before but below the 4% level regarded as the threshold at which the virus is spreading in an uncontrolled manner.…

Latvian Constitutional Court rules on same-sex partner inheritance

Friday, April 9, 2021

On April 9 the Constitutional Court declared that the rule which requires a same-sex family partner to pay a higher state fee for the inheritance of the estate of their deceased partner than spouses pay, shall be abolished. The  Constitutional Court concluded that such an approach does not correspond to the State’s obligation to protect families, stated in the Constitution. The rule expires on 1 June 2022, as stated in the Constitutional Court judgment. The judgment…

Saeima commission to probe government Covid decision-making

Friday, April 9, 2021

The Saeima on April 8, at the proposal of opposition lawmakers, made a decision to set up parliamentary ad hoc commission to investigate mistakes made by the Latvian government during the Covid-19 pandemic. The commission will work for six months, the LETA news agency said. LETA learned from opposition MP Viktors Valainis (Greens/Farmers) that 36 opposition lawmakers signed the proposal on setting up the ad hoc commission. A commission can be…

Rural tourism industry hopes for ‘logical’ Latvian government decisions

Friday, April 9, 2021

The rural tourism industry looks forward to ‘logical government decisions’ that would allow the industry to work in compliance with all the requirements needed to limit Covid-19, the head of the Rural Tourism Association, Asnāte Ziemele, told Latvian Radio April 9. She said last year was different for different representatives of the industry, for some it was very good, better than previous seasons, some were just surviving, but those who focused…

Health authorities recommend continuing AstraZeneca vaccination

Friday, April 9, 2021

Experts recommend that all population groups continue to be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccines, the State Agency of Medicines (ZVA) said April 8. In cooperation with the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) and State Council of Immunization, ZVA concluded that currently there are neither scientific nor epidemiological grounds to restrict vaccination with the “Vaxzevria” vaccine produced by AstraZeneca in any age groups. The experts recommend that all population groups continue to…