RIGA - In 22 member states of the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA), the two-week cumulative incidence rate of Covid-19 no longer exceeds 15 reported cases per 100 000 population, according to the data released by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC).
These countries include Latvia with 3.02 cases per 100,000 population, as well as Slovenia, Croatia, Slovakia, Iceland, Greece, Cyprus, Hungary, Norway, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Austria, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Finland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark and Romania.
Of all EU member states, Sweden is still showing the highest two-week cumulative number of reported Covid-19 cases per 100 000 population. During the past 14 days, Sweden reported an average of 72.33 new Covid-19 cases per 100 000 population, while Slovenia led other European countries with the lowest 14-day incidence number - 0.34 cases per 100 000 population.
As reported, Latvian Health Minister Ilze Vinkele (For Development/For) said earlier that the Baltic states' health ministers are working on an agreement to lift the 14-day self-isolation requirement for arrivals from those EU member states where the two-week cumulative number of reported Covid-19 cases does not exceed 15 per 100,000 population.
Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) indicated that, based on the decisions made Baltic health and foreign ministers' meetings, a proposal will be tabled to the Cabinet of Ministers to lift the 14-day isolation requirement for arrivals from those EU and EEA countries where the two-week cumulative number of reported Covid-19 cases does not exceed 15 per 100,000 population.
Under the regulation currently effective in Latvia, all travelers entering Latvia from foreign countries, excluding Lithuania and Estonia, are required to self-isolate for 14 days.