Posts tagged as state of emergency

State of emergency was approved at the Belarus border

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Following a rapid but busy debate in Latvia’s parliament, the Saeima, the government’s declaration of a state of emergency at the Belarus border August 12 was approved by 85 votes to 0. The debate featured some sharp criticism of the government’s failure to forsee the migration crisis in advance with the experience of Lithuania showing that should Alexander Lukashenko decide to extend his state-backed people smuggling operation northwards, it would be easy…

Latvia could face state of emergency with more migrants detained

Monday, August 9, 2021

On Monday, 9 August, 86 border offenders were detained. The Minister for the Interior proposes to announce an emergency. The Ministry of Interior said that 160 illegal border offenders had been detained in three days, from August 7 to 9. If the government declares an emergency, it would be imposed in parts of the municipalities of Augsdaugava and Kraslava. The announcement of an emergency would extend the powers of the…

Lithuania may consider state of emergency over migrant crisis soon

Friday, July 30, 2021

Lithuania may soon consider declaring a state of emergency to bring illegal migration under control, President Gitanas Nauseda said. “More or less the consensus is that we are open to all issues and we can address this issue in the very near future, too,” Nauseda told a news conference after meeting with Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte and political parties’ leaders. “Before that, however, we have to assess two things: the…

‘State of emergency’ designation lifted from healthcare in Latvia

Thursday, July 1, 2021

The state of emergency in Latvia’s health care system was declared at the start of December 2020, and is a technical measure that gave medical institutions more autonomy in handling their resources so they could provide the necessary medical assistance to Covid-19 sufferers and other urgent patients. As the epidemiological situation has improved, and the number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals has decreased, the State Operative Medical Commission (VOMK) decided to lift…

State of emergency ends in Latvia: what changes?

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

On Tuesday, April 6, the state of emergency introduced in Latvia last November formally comes to an end. Here’s a reminder of what changes starting Wednesday, April 7. Officials  have stressed   that the lifting of the formal state of emergency would not bring a great deal of practical changes, with most epidemiological safety rules remaining in place. Despite its dramatic-sounding name, the ‘state of emergency’ is essentially a technical…

State of emergency in Latvia extended

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

In view of the high risk of the spread of the COVID-19 virus and in further efforts to prevent its spread, the Cabinet agreed to extend the current state of emergency in Latvia until 6 April 2021. Information for travellers to Latvia on the provisions for preventing the spread of COVID-19 The following additional security measures and restrictions related to the state of emergency in Latvia have been extended until 6 April:…

State of emergency extended in Latvia until January 11

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Following an all-day meeting December 1, Latvia’s government announced further emergency measures late Tuesday night as part of its anti- COVID-19 strategy. Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņs said: “As we all know the situation with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic in Latvia is very serious… We have taken various decisions.” The main things decided are: Kariņš also repeated his message that facemask usage, limiting personal contact, maintaining social distance and frequent hand…

Latvia: State of emergency will almost certainly be extended

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Health Minister Ilze Viņķele said in a press conference November 24 that the state of emergency in the country will almost certainly be extended. The Minister said that the situation is stabilizing but there is as yet no decrease in infection numbers. It is forecast that over the next month the number of people in hospitals will grow further. “Unfortunately people are tired [of restrictions] and possibly there are financial reasons…

Latvian government to decide about state of emergency on Friday

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

The Cabinet of Ministers will decide on the declaration of a possible state of emergency to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Latvia on Friday, November 6. This was announced by Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš after meetings of the Cabinet of Ministers and Crisis Management Council on Tuesday. The Prime Minister noted that the Ministry of Health and healthcare specialists had updated officials about the spread of COVID-19 in Latvia. According to the Prime Minister, the situation…

Government may reintroduce state of emergency

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

It is time to consider whether a state of emergency should be declared once again in Latvia, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš said November 2 after a meeting of the coalition Cooperation Council, reported LSM’s Latvian language site. As the situation with regard to the spread of COVID-19 in Latvia is not improving and the number of positive COVID-19 tests per day, plus the ratio of tests to positive results becomes ever more worrying, there may…