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Latvia declared an emergency due to COVID

All bars, nightclubs, skating rinks, water parks, children’s rooms in shopping and entertainment centers are closing in the country.

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From November 9 to December 6, the Latvian authorities introduced an emergency situation to contain the coronavirus epidemic.

For this period, all public events on the premises are prohibited. No more than 10 people and no more than two households are allowed to attend private events.

All bars, nightclubs, skating rinks, water parks, children’s rooms in shopping and entertainment centers are closed.

In the mall, most of the stores will be closed, except for grocery stores selling hygiene, household goods, and pet supplies, as well as pharmacies, opticians, bookstores, and the press.

Beauty salons and tattoo parlors are closing, hairdressing salons will be able to work by appointment. Restaurants and bars will only be able to sell food to go — with the exception of those providing catering at the airport and workplaces.

Kindergartens will remain open. Schoolchildren of grades 1-6 will continue their education in classes, the rest of the pupils and university students will switch to distance learning, except for some practical lessons. At the same time, individual lessons with masters or tutors are allowed.

Exhibition centers, cultural institutions, gyms, and religious institutions must be closed from 20-00 to 06-00. At the same time, cultural events and excursions for groups are prohibited in museums and exhibition centers if they are not members of the same household.

Gyms can accommodate no more than 50% of their capacity at the same time. Sports events and competitions are prohibited, except for higher professional sports. They should be held without spectators.

For violation of the established rules, citizens will be punished with fines of up to €2 thousand, legal entities — up to €5 thousand.

As reported, the Latvian government supported the draft law developed by the Ministry of Justice, according to which a fine of up to 50 euros is provided for not wearing a protective mask in public places.

Scandalous BelNPP put into operation: Lithuania and Latvia responded with a boycott

Despite warnings from neighboring countries, Belarus put into operation and included in the country’s unified energy system the first power unit of the controversial nuclear power plant near Ostrovets, Grodno region.

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Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said that Vilnius will not put up with the threats posed by this station.

“Belarus did not hear the call not to pose a threat to the residents of the European Union and to stop the launch of the BelNPP. Therefore, Lithuania is beginning to apply the law on protective measures against unsafe nuclear power plants. There is no place for electricity produced at unsafe nuclear power plants on the Lithuanian market,” Nauseda wrote on his Facebook page.

In pursuance of the law on boycotting electricity from BelNPP, the Lithuanian company Litgrid has set zero capacity for the commercial flow of electricity from Belarus. List grid representatives said that no electricity is imported to the Baltic states either from Belarus or Russia, with the exception of the Kaliningrad region, with which Lithuania continues to trade, Delfi.lt reports.

Riga supported Vilnius, so the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers adopted amendments to the Rules on Trade and Electricity Use, implying that Moscow will have to confirm that the electricity imported to Latvia was produced in the Russian Federation, and not at BelNPP, Delfi.lv reports.

The scandal destroyed the “golden passports” program of Cyprus

The high-profile scandal around the “golden passports” of Cyprus ended with the fact that the lucrative program, which brought the republic about 8 billion euros of investments, was closed.

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The Cyprus Investment Program (CIP), under which foreigners could obtain citizenship in exchange for capital investment, will expire on November 1.

Recall that a high-profile scandal associated with this program erupted after the publication of an investigation by the Al Jazeera TV channel, where high officials of Cyprus were accused of selling citizenship to criminals from other countries.

The correspondent, who introduced himself as a confidant of a businessman convicted in China for money laundering, turned to the now-former speaker of the Cypriot Parliament, Dimitris Sullirus, with a request to help with obtaining a passport for his patron.

It is known that the convicts could not officially use the CIP. But Sullirus told the journalist that the issue could be settled in favor of the businessman. Moreover, he mentioned Latvia in the conversation. Allegedly, if there are problems with Cyprus, then it will be possible to buy a passport there.

In Latvia, this scandalous statement, albeit made in a backstage conversation, did not go unnoticed. The speaker of the Latvian parliament, Inara Murniece, was extremely indignant and said that the mention of Latvia in such an ugly context upset her extremely.

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Murniece assured that it was impossible to buy Latvian citizenship and she personally categorically distances herself from everything Sullirus said.

The Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs (OCMA) also joined the topic. They stressed that it is impossible to obtain Latvian citizenship by illegal means, bypassing the accepted norms. Moreover, the OCMA stressed that they carefully and regularly check the data of newly minted citizens. Check the availability of all documents, evidence, including knowledge of Latvian.

Scandal in Cyprus

Meanwhile, in Cyprus, not only Sullirus, who resigned in October but also several well-known politicians, dragged into a large-scale scandal. Even the head of the Cypriot Parliament, in the footage filmed by the hidden camera of the journalist’s Al Jazeera, promised to assist the mentioned non-existent entrepreneur from China in obtaining citizenship.

And the European Commission (EC) has initiated a review of programs that allow obtaining citizenship of Cyprus and Malta for compliance with European law. And Cyprus was threatened with sanctions if it did not pass this test.

The Cypriot authorities planned to reduce the number of issued passports from 700 per year to 300 in 2021 and 2022 and to 200 in 2023. However, on October 13, at an extraordinary meeting, the Council of Ministers, at the suggestion of the Ministers of Finance and Internal Affairs, canceled the TRC, explaining the cancellation by the shortcomings of the program and its abuse.

Since 2013, when the KIP became operational, the Cyprus budget has received about 8 billion euros of foreign investment. Cyprus issued about 4 thousand “golden passports” to those who invested $2.5 million in the economy.

In Latvia, a fine was established for the lack of a protective mask

The resolution on punishment for violation was approved by the government, now the Seimas must accept it.

The Latvian government has supported the draft law developed by the Ministry of Justice, according to which a fine of up to 50 euros is provided for not wearing a protective mask in public places. This was announced on Tuesday, October 20, by the portal of the Cabinet of Ministers of Latvia.

“The Latvian government has supported the bill of the Ministry of Justice, according to which it is envisaged to introduce a fine of up to 50 euros for the absence of a mask in public places,” the Cabinet of Ministers said in a statement.

It is stipulated that a person who does not cover his mouth and nose in a public place may be warned or fined from 10 to 50 euros. The size of the penalty is determined by the municipal or state police.

For the bill to enter into force, the Seimas must pass it urgently — in two readings.

We will remind, in the world over the past week, coronavirus was detected in another 2.4 million people — this is a record high since the beginning of the pandemic.

It was also reported that the Ministry of Health explained how to care for a patient with COVID at home. Patients with a mild form of coronavirus can be treated at home — when there are a runny nose and cough, but breathing is not difficult, and the temperature does not rise above 38.