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17 Covid deaths, 919 new cases Saturday
Another 919 new cases of Covid-19 infection were added to Latvia's total on November 27, according to the latest figures from the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).
Travel restrictions imposed amid fears of new 'Omicron' Covid variant(update)
Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs signalled November 26 that Latvia would speedily join the list of countries imposing restrictions on entry for individuals from South Africa and other southern African countries over fears of  potentially deadly new Covid-19 variant that has emerged in the region.
30 Covid-related deaths Friday
Another 874 new cases of Covid-19 infection were added to Latvia's total on November 26, according to the latest figures from the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).
Dumpis: self-testing will depend upon conscientiousness
The use of Covid-19 self-tests for testing students and on-site staff will reduce morbidity only if the public is responsible and honest about test results, said Uga Dumpis, an infectologist at Stradiņš Hospital and a professor at the University of Latvia, in an interview with Latvijas Radio November 25.
Latvia well below EU average on circular material use
In 2020, the EU’s circular material use rate (referred to as the circularity rate) reached 12.8%.  This means that almost 13% of material resources used in the EU came from recycled waste materials. This information comes from data on circular material use rate published by Eurostat today.
1,095 new Covid cases, 20 deaths Thursday
Another 1,095 new cases of Covid-19 infection were added to Latvia's total on November 25, according to the latest figures from the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).
Pharmacists will be able to carry out vaccinations in future
Pharmacists will be able to vaccinate the population against Covid-19 and some other public health threats in pharmacies, according to amendments to the Law on Epidemiological Security urgently adopted by the Saeima November 25.
Latvian citizen suspected of people smuggling via Lithuania
Lithuanian border guards in the Lazdijai district near the Polish border have detained a Latvian citizen who has taken four migrants from Latvia to Poland in his car, the Lithuanian State Border Guard Service has announced, LSM's Latvian language service reports.
Nearly one in four dwellings in Latvia is unoccupied
Data of the Population and Housing Census 2021 collected by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that at the beginning of 2021, there were 1 063 939 conventional dwellings (apartments or private houses) in Latvia, and 811 thousand or 76.1 % of them are occupied by the usually resident population.
56 Covid deaths Wednesday in Latvia
Another 1,279 new cases of Covid-19 infection were added to Latvia's total on November 24, according to the latest figures from the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).
Cat shelter blaze raises fire safety questions
Following a tragic fire in the animal shelter "Ķepu ķepa" at the weekend, where a cat house burned down and 21 cats died, the issue of fire safety in animal shelters has become topical. Representatives of shelters interviewed by Latvian Radio emphasized that while animal housing has both fire extinguishers and smoke detectors, accidents are still possible.
Latvia among EU low spenders on social protection benefits
Social protection sickness and healthcare expenditure as a percentage of GDP increased in all EU Member States  (with available early estimates) except Poland when comparing 2020 with 2019, according to Eurostat, but Latvia still ranks close to the bottom of the ladder.
Latvia's Covid-19 death toll passes 4,000
An additional 1,294 new cases of Covid-19 infection were added to Latvia's total on November 23, according to the latest figures from the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).
Rīga residents annoyed by dirty stairwells
The company "Rīgas namu pārvaldnieks" currently lacks more than 100 janitors, so it is difficult to maintain all the apartment stairwells under its care, the company pointed out to Latvian Radio. However, contrary to the statements of the residents, the company denies that some stairwells have not been cleaned for weeks.
Latvia and Poland sign military cyber defense agreement
On November 22, the Ministry of Defense State Secretary Janis Garisons and Polish National Cybersecurity Center director Brigadier General Karol Molenda signed an agreement on cooperation between the two countries' military information technology incident response teams, the Ministry of Defense said.
Covid incidence continues declining trend in Latvia
Over the past week, from 15 November to 21 November, the number of new cases of Covid-19 in Latvia fell by nearly a third (32.2%), continuing a month-long trend, the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) said November 22.
349 new Covid cases, 17 deaths Monday in Latvia
An additional 349 new cases of Covid-19 infection were added to Latvia's total on November 22, according to the latest figures from the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). The relatively low number is explained by the fact that fewer tests are carried out on Sundays than during the rest of the week.
500 Covid-19 cases and 10 deaths in Latvia Sunday
Another 493 new cases of Covid-19 infection were added to Latvia's total on November 21, according to the latest figures from the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). The relatively low number is explained by the fact that fewer tests were carried out over national holidays.
Eight years pass since deadly Zolitūde tragedy
Sunday, November 21, marks eight years since the tragedy when the roof of the Maxima supermarket in the Zolitūde district of Rīga caved in, claiming the lives of 54 people.
Saturday adds 617 Covid-19 cases in Latvia
Another 617 new cases of Covid-19 infection were added to Latvia's total on November 20, according to the latest figures from the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). The relatively low number is explained by the fact that fewer tests were carried out on November 19 than usually, as it was a national holiday.
60% of population fully vaccinated in Latvia
In Latvia, over 60% of the population is now fully vaccinated against Covid-19, according to November 18 data from the National Health Service (NVD), LETA reported.
445 new Covid cases, 19 deaths Friday
Another 445 new cases of Covid-19 infection were added to Latvia's total on November 19, according to the latest figures from the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). The relatively low number is explained by the fact that fewer tests were carried out on November 18 than usually on a Thursday, as it was a national holiday.
Estonia pledges border assistance to Latvia
Estonia has pledged border guard personnel to assist fellow European Union member states Poland and Latvia, amid strong pressure at Belarus' western border following large numbers of migrants who have been corralled there by Alexander Lukashenko's security forces, reports ERR News.
Thursday brings 26 Covid deaths in Latvia
Another 1,200 cases of Covid-19 infection were added to Latvia's total on November 18, according to the latest figures from the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). 
Facebook bans Latvian anti-vax group
Social networking company Facebook, which recently announceed a name change to 'Meta', has blocked the popular Latvian anti-vax group "Vakcīnrealitāte Latvijā" (Vaccine reality in Latvia) which has been spreading false statements about all kinds of vaccines, Latvian Radio reported November 17.
Three more detained on suspicion of fake vaccination
Three healthcare workers in Sigulda have been detained on suspicion of providing or receiving fake Covid-19 certificates. Crinimal proceedings have been initiated, the State Police (VP) said November 17.

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