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In Spain, death toll from COVID-19 exceeds that of China

In Spain, more people have died from health problems related to COVID-19 than in China, making the Southern European nation the worst affected country in the world after Italy, British public broadcaster BBC reports.

Turkey charges 20 people with murder of journalist Khashoggi

Prosecutors in Turkey have charged 20 nationals of Saudi Arabia with the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, British public broadcaster BBC reports.

25 March – Remembrance Day for the Victims of Communist Genocide

25 March for Latvia is a day of remembrance for Latvian residents who were deported in 1946.

Number of dairy cows in Latvia down 4.2% last year; number of other cows up 9.2%

In 2019 number of dairy cows dropped by 6.1 thousand or 4.2 %, but number of non-dairy cows rose by 4.7 thousand or 9.2 %.

Rīgas Siltums heating company promises to not penalize missed payments

During the state of emergency no penalties will be calculated for missed or delayed payments. Additionally, heating will not be cut off for missed payments, promises heating company AS Rīgas Siltums.

Harmony's supported Alvis Zīriņš becomes mayor of Garkalne

During an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday, 24 March, Garkalne municipal council elected Alvis Zīriņš from Harmony's list as the new chairman.

US to have economy and health care aid plan with USD two trillion

The US government and Congress have agreed on a support package to help the country’s economy, workers and health care system hit by the COVID-19 outbreak and sweeping restrictions, American news agency AP reports.

Coronavirus data for Baltic States. 221 infected in Latvia and 255 in Lithuania, 404 in Estonia

The number of Covid-19 infection cases in Latvia has reached 221. Lithuanian media report 255 confirmed cases and two deaths caused by complications from the disease.

Shopping centres to shut down in Latvia on weekends; food stores to remain open

To limit the Covid-19 pandemic in Latvia it has been decided to close down gyms. Shopping centres will close their doors on weekends, Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš told journalists on Tuesday, 24 March.

State of emergency in Latvia will likely be extended

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country the state of emergency will likely be extended past 14 April, as can be interpreted from what Healthcare Minister Ilze Viņķele after a government meeting.

Ex-Rīgas satiksme employee involved in two criminal cases Igors Volkinšteins has passed away

Former director of Riga municipal public transport company LLC Rīgas satiksme’s Infrastructure and Development Department Igors Volkinšteins has passed away, as reported by LETA.

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.

US to reduce funding to Afghanistan over failed government talks

As Washington seeks to ensure the continuation of peace talks between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban group, the US have announced a USD billion dollar-cut to aid funding after failed government-building talks, The Guardian reports.

Estonian National Library observes hike in book borrowing amid COVID-19

With Estonia’s first week of emergency situation over, the country’s National Library has observed a swift increase in book borrowing and reader registration, Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports.

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.

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