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    NATO soldier based in Latvia diagnosed with Covid-19

    RIGA, March 25 (LETA) - One soldiers from the NATO-led battle group based in Latvia has been diagnosed with Covid-19, Defense Ministry spokesman Kaspars Galkins told LETA.

    The soldier falls has a mild form of the virus and is being treated at home. There are also some other NATO soldiers who have been in direct contact with the infected soldier, and have been put into a 14 days self-quarantine. Galkins reminded that some of the NATO soldiers serving in Latvia do not live in barracks on a daily basis, but live in rented homes.

    The Defense Ministry spokesman did not specify the unit nor from which country the soldier is from, but said that he was not based at the Adazi military base. He also has not been in direct contact with Latvian soldiers.

    Since the introduction of the state of emergency, epidemiological requirements are being observed at National Armed Forces bases and other structures.

    "Soldiers continue to perform their duties, and military training, including land-based exercises, are being conducted as much as possible. Before each training, however, it is assessed whether the training is in compliance with epidemiological safety requirements," Galkins emphasized.

    As reported, with another 24 patients diagnosed Covid-19 during the past 24 hours, the total number of novel coronavirus cases in Latvia has grown to 221, according to information released by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control. 

    Altogether, 1,151 people were tested for Covid-19 over the past 24 hours as the total number of Covid-19 tests conducted so far reached 7,957. 

    At the same time, Lithuania reports that eight NATO soldiers from various countries have been diagnosed with the coronavirus.

    • Published: 25.03.2020 13:50
    • Gatis Kristovskis, LETA
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