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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…

Three for the Weekend: 2ANNAS, Tchaikovsky, Four bridges hike

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Another weekend has come, with Latvian spring being what it is — four seasons a day. Here are some tips for both indoorsy and outdoorsy weekend pastimes. Riga International Short Film Festival 2ANNAS will take place April 9 to April 15, fully online due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This year, the focus of the 2ANNAS festival is ZEME (EARTH). The festival offers 122 films from all over the world in 22 programs. Check…

At-risk groups can line up for Covid vaccines in Rīga

Friday, April 9, 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, the Health Ministry said in a 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…

Lithuania has EU’s highest incarceration rate

Friday, April 9, 2021

Lithuania has the highest incarceration rate among EU countries, according to a Council of Europe report. With 220 prison inmates per 100,000 people, Lithuania is fourth among all Council of Europe members, behind only Turkey (357), Russia (356) and Georgia (264). “On 31st January 2020, there were 1,528,343 inmates in the penal institutions of the Council of Europe member states for which data are available. This corresponds to a European…

Estonian exports increased by 16 percent in February

Friday, April 9, 2021

In February, exports of goods increased by 16 percent and imports by 10 percent year on year, data from Statistics Estonia shows. The growth in foreign trade was significantly boosted by trade in mineral products and wood and articles of wood. In February, Estonia’s exports and imports of goods each amounted to 1.3 billion euros at current prices. The trade deficit was €73 million, having fallen by €49 million compared…

Vaccination organization is still done manually in Latvia

Thursday, April 8, 2021

There is still no proper information technology (IT) solution to the vaccination queue system, Eva Juhņēviča, head of the Vaccination Project Bureau, told Latvian Radio April 8. Juhņēviča said that the formation of the single queue from all people who have applied either on manavakcina.lv or 8989 is currently being carried out manually. Time and place of vaccination is also being determined manually, which makes the process slow from an organizational point of…

740 new cases of Covid-19 in Latvia, 17 deaths

Thursday, April 8, 2021

On Thursday, April 8, Latvia recorded 740 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 105,916. Of 24,155 tests carried out in the past 24 hours (the highest number in a day so far, for the second day in a row), 3.1% were positive, up slightly on the 2.8% figure the day before but below the 4% level regarded…

Opposition to request Latvian Prime Minister’s resignation

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Opposition deputy Aldis Gobzems (Law and Order) has collected the necessary signatures to request the resignation of Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity), according to Gobzems’ Facebook entry April 8. “[The request] will be submitted to the Saeima Presidium today to be included in the agenda of the Saeima meeting. The request for resignation is related to failure to fulfill Saeima decisions and laws. I shall remind that failure to…

University graduates earn 30% more than Latvian average

Thursday, April 8, 2021

The annual income of tertiary education graduates is 30% higher than the national average, according to the latest graduate monitoring data of the Ministry of Education and Science. Monitoring the employment of university graduates is one of the evidence demonstrating the importance of studying. Most graduates complete programs in social sciences and law. The Ministry invariably forecasts the overproduction of these specialists in the future and thinks about how to…

Freshly-opened stores packed with customers in Latvia

Thursday, April 8, 2021

On Wednesday 7 April, stores located outside the shopping malls are reopened. Long lines of customers line the streets. When the stores opened, customers were already at the door. Shoulder to shoulder and no distance – such a scene could be seen in many places in Riga on Wednesday at the shops. There were particularly long queues at secondhand clothing shops. At some stores, the line stretched across the street.…