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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

WHO: Pandemic is accelerating; defensive and offensive measures must continue

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the world is getting faster and has called on governments to win the disease by testing, tracing, isolating and curing people with the infectious disease.

OECD suggests governments to provide free COVID-19 tests and subsidise workers

Angel Gurría, the Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, has said that the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic could take the shape of an ‘L’.

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.

Estonia: It’s better to be overly cautious to save lives

In Estonia, which has the worst national coronavirus outbreak in the Baltic states, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas has urged people to act cautiously and with consideration every day to save lives and stay healthy, ERR reports.

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.

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