On Thursday, 16 July, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš, during the first meeting with Juris Stukāns, the new Prosecutor General, discussed issues relevant to the justice system and the Prosecutor General's priorities upon taking office. During the conversation, the Prime Minister confirmed that the government will cooperate with the Prosecutor General in order to strengthen the rule of law in the country.
Today, on 14 July, at the sitting of the Cabinet of Ministers, amendments to the regulations of the Cabinet of Ministers were approved, determining procedures for the organisation and payment of health care services* and stipulating the gradual start of financing enteral** and parenteral*** feeding mixtures for adult patients from the state budget.
Today, on 10 July, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš established a Steering Group for the Coordination of Inter-institutional Activities, whose task is to ensure the implementation of the Law on the Management of the Spread of COVID-19 Infection by coordinating the activities of all institutions related to limiting the spread of COVID-19 in Latvia.
“The European Union must strengthen the economies of the member states by ensuring investment and promoting solidarity in order to overcome the consequences of Covid-19,” said Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš in a Quest Means Business interview with CNN International on Wednesday, 1 July.
The Cabinet of Ministers adopted important decisions, at its extraordinary meeting of 9 April, which facilitate the provision of medical devices and personal protective equipment, as well as set out new measures in the fields of education and control of the spread of Covid-19.
The government is continuing its efforts to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and prevent the associated risks. The Cabinet of Ministers has extended the duration of emergency situation, and has adopted a number of decisions in addition to already effective measures, thereby ensuring the work and cooperation between the State, local governments and other service providers during the crisis. Decisions on the extension of restrictions have been taken in accordance with the recommendations of epidemiologists, and aim to protect public health and security.
In order to minimise the risk of further spread of Covid-19 among Latvian residents, the Government has adopted stricter rules to limit the assembly of people at private and public events and other restrictions. Restrictions regarding physical contact apply to public indoor and outdoor activities and lay down the rules in respect of a distance of two metres and two persons.
Upon assignment by the Cabinet of Ministers, Sandis Ģirģens, Minister of the Interior and Acting Minister of Economics, has issued an order for merchants throughout Latvia to ensure additional precautions at retail sites:
As a delegated assignment from the Cabinet of Ministers, Kaspars Gerhards, Minister of Agriculture, has issued an order which aims to limit the spread of Covid-19 at food retail stores and public catering venues during the state of emergency and will allow food producers to continuously produce and sell their products.
The government has decided to extend the precautionary and security measures during the emergency situation in order to prevent more effectively the spread of COVID-19 in Latvia. The restrictions will affect the work of educational establishments, public assembly, movement outside the state borders and other areas.