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Latvia could cultivate soybeans in future
Latvian scientists have concluded after extensive research lasting three years that commercial soy farming can be seriously considered, Latvian Television reported January 28.
67% of Latvians manage access to personal data
The share of people who managed access to any personal data over the internet in 2021 varied across the EU Member States, according to figures published by Eurostat January 27. International Data Protection Day is marked on January 28.
Don't get lab-tested without need, health authorities ask
Covid testing points are currently overloaded. Throughout Latvia, the waiting time can be four days. Laboratory representatives encourage people to follow the new rules and not get tested without need, Latvian Radio reported January 27.
Latvian Armed Forces get state-of-the-art gas masks
Latvia's National Armed Forces (NBS), through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency, have procured respiratory protection equipment from manufacturer Avon Protection, including FM50 gas mask systems, filters, spare parts and other accessories, the Ministry of Defense said January 26.
Hospitals feel impact of Omicron wave on staff
The wave of Covid-19 Omicron has affected medical staff far more strongly than the previous types of the virus, head of Latvian Hospital Association Jevgēņijs Kalējs in an interview with Latvian Television January 27.
Lockdown now could mean wave in spring: epidemiologist
If a lockdown were introduced now, it could lead to a new wave of Covid-19 in March, so it is important now to find a balance in restrictions, epidemiologist Ņikita Trojanskis told Latvian Television January 26.
17 schools studied remotely last week in Latvia
Last week, a fully remote education process took place in 17 educational institutions, the State Service of Education Quality senior expert, Jana Veinberga, told LETA January 25.
Russia cancels visit of Latvian arms inspectors
From January 24 to 29, Latvian representatives were scheduled to visit Russia under the auspices of the long-standing Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Arms Control Inspection agreements, but on January 21 the visit was cancelled, the Latvian Ministry of Defense confirmed January 25. 
Weekly Covid case count doubled
Between January 17 and January 23, the number of newly identified cases of Covid-19 doubled, with an increase of 99.1%, Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) reported January 24.

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