Another NATO soldier based in Latvia might have Covid-19 - defense minister

  • 2020-03-26
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Another soldiers from the NATO-led battle group based in Latvia might have Covid-19, said Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (For Development) in an interview with the Latvian public television this morning.

As reported, one of the soldiers from the NATO-led battle group based in Latvia has already been diagnosed with Covid-19. 

The soldier 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. 

Pabriks said that the first soldier contracted the virus during his trip abroad, and he has not been in contact with Latvian troops.

Now there is a suspicion about another soldier. Both soldiers come from the same country, but Pabriks did not reveal which one.

Pabriks said that the army is ready to get involved in solving problems related with Covid-19. At the same time, Covid-19 does not cancel other threats the army has to be ready for.

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," said Defense Ministry's spokesman Kaspars Galkins.