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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.

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’.

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