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People under special tax regime may be given right to receive unemployed benefits

Persons who work under a special tax regime may be provided the right to receive the status of unemployed persons, said Latvian Welfare Minister Ramona Petraviča during a press-conference on Tuesday, 24 March.

Fuel prices reportedly decline in Baltic States

Last week, fuel prices had declined in all capital cities of the three Baltic States, according to data from LETA.

Covid-19 in Baltics. 197 infected in Latvia, 179 in Lithuania, 369 in Estonia

The number of infection cases with Covid-19 in Latvia has reached 197. Lithuanian media report 179 confirmed infection cases, with 112 in Vilnius and 32 in Klaipeda.

Remember to reset the clock! Daylight saving time starts 29 March

On Sunday, 29 March, Latvia will switch to Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, 29 March, at 03:00 (on the night from Saturday to Sunday), with clocks to be set one hour forward, Latvia’s Economy Ministry reminds.

Idleness benefits planned to be paid in Latvia this week

Payments of idleness benefits for people employed by companies impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic are planned to commence this week, as confirmed by Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš after a meeting of government parties.

Alcohol production in Latvia down 63.4% in January

The volume of produced alcohol volumes in Latvia had declined 63.4% in January when compared to the same month of 2019, according to goods circulation data from the State Revenue Service.

Rīgas satiksme urges residents to not use public transport without a good reason

From 22 March onward buses, a notification will be played in trolleybuses and trams operated by Rīgas satiksme to urge residents to reconsider trips, as reported by municipal company’s representative Baiba Bartaševiča.

Coronavirus continues spreading in Baltics. 180 in Latvia, 143 in Lithuania, 352 in Estonia

The number of confirmed Covid-19 coronavirus cases in Latvia has reached 180. Lithuanian media, meanwhile, reports 143 confirmed cases.

Latvian Prime Minister’s and several ministers’ Covid-19 test results turn out negative

Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš’s, as well as Nauris Puntulis', Sandis Ģirģens’, Ramona Petraviča’s, Ilga Šuplinska’s, Jānis Bordāns’, Jānis Reirs’, and Juris Pūce test results for Covid-19 turned out negative.

Saeima’s Budget Committee supports postponing snap elections in Riga until June

On Friday, 20 March, Latvian Saeima’s Budget and Finance Committee supported in the first reading the proposal to postpone snap elections in Riga until 6 June, BNN was told by the parliament’s press-service.

Industrial producer prices in Latvia down 1.9% in February

Compared to January, in February 2020 the level of producer prices in Latvian industry fell by 0.3 %. Prices of products sold on the domestic market reduced by 0.2 %, but prices of exported products – by 0.4 %.

Latvian authorities dismantle cocaine-smuggling criminal group

This month the State Revenue Service’s Tax and Customs Police successfully apprehended an organized group of people laundering money gained for narcotics contraband, as confirmed by VID.

Covid-19 crisis has disrupted at least 1 600 culture and entertainment events in Latvia

The spread of the new coronavirus in Latvia and the state of emergency that followed after has disrupted at least 1 600 entertainment and culture events, according to estimates from Latvia’s Culture Ministry.

Latvia pushes law on support to prevent Covid-19 damages; state to pay idleness benefits

On Thursday, 19 March, Latvia’s Cabinet of Ministers supported Finance Ministry’s developed legislative draft on threats to the state and measures to prevent the damages from Covid-19 and to limit its spread. The law outlines a wide range of state support measures. This includes paying idleness benefits to employed people.

Potential coronavirus medicine fails to prevent Covid-19-indused heavy pneumonia

Medical tests of an anti-virus medicine potentially accessible in Latvia revealed it does not help with heavy pneumonia cases, as Healthcare Ministry’s chief infectology specialist Uga Dumpis wrote on Twitter.

Latvian government compiles all support measures for Covid-19-related damages in one law

Latvia’s government has developed a unified legislative draft about threats to the state and prevention of consequences from coronavirus Covid-19, as reported by Finance Ministry.

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