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    Karins to propose to government stricter measures to help curb spread of Covid-19

    RIGA, Oct 26 (LETA) - Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins has convened a joint meeting of the Crisis Management Council and the Cabinet of Ministers to decide on stricter measures to curb the spread of Covid-19, LETA was informed by the Prime Minister's Office.

    The joint meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers and the Crisis Management Council will take place on Tuesday, October 27, at 10 am.

    It is not known at this time what restrictions the government could decide on, however, the Prime Minister's Office noted that the joint meeting will discuss the government's overall strategy to curb the spread of Covid-19, including stronger security measures and a significant increase in testing capacity.

    "Currently, we see that the virus is still spreading in Latvia, which requires immediate action now, so that it is not too late to learn from the experience of other countries and the virus does not get the upper hand. In order to prevent overcrowding of hospitals and, consequently, the occurrence of healthcare crisis, and thus protecting public health, I will encourage the government to decide on stricter safety measures to curb the spread of Covid-19," Karins emphasized.

    The Prime Minister noted that the joint meeting is planned to examine and discuss in detail the general strategy of the government to limit the spread of Covid-19 in order to make it understandable to every member of society. The Prime Minister will also call for a decision on the necessary actions to significantly increase the scope of testing.

    The experts invited to the meeting will inform the government about the current situation regarding the spread of Covid-19, the capacity of the healthcare sector, hospital workload, reserves of personal protective equipment, Covid-19 infection control strategy and government communication.

    As reported, Latvia registered 79 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, according to the data of the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC).

    Also, another four persons died from Covid-19 related complications yesterday - two persons were in the 55 to 60 age group, while the rest in the 80 to 95 age group.

    With 2,237 Covid-19 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, the share of positive tests has hit 3.5 percent. The CDC explained earlier that in the European Union this indicator is considered important because when this figure rises above 3 percent, the spread of the disease is considered to be rapid and uncontrolled.

    To date, 4,757 people in Latvia have tested positive for Covid-19, and 1,357 of them have recovered from the coronavirus disease.

    • Published: 26.10.2020 15:13
    • Raivis Spalvens, LETA
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