Crisis Management Council today might discuss possibility to close country's borders

  • 2020-03-12
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The Crisis Management Council today might discuss a possibility to close the country's borders due to the outbreak of coronavirus Covid-19, according to the information at the disposal of LETA.

Interior Ministry's parliamentary secretary Signe Bole though told LETA that so far the ministry has not received an official request to prepare information on whether the borders can be closed and what practical measures can be taken from the prime minister's office.

The Crisis Management Council will take place at 2 p.m. today. 

As reported, so far 16 Latvian nationals have been tested positive for Covid-19. At least nine of them are from the same tourist group that returned from Italy last weekend.

According to the Disease Prevention and Control Center, 41 laboratory tests have been carried out in Latvia during the last 24 hours for Covid-19, and a total of 332 tests so far.

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced on March 11 that the outbreak of the novel coronavirus Covid-19 has reached the level of pandemic.

He said that he expects to see the incidence, the number of deaths, and the number of affected countries climb even higher in the coming days and weeks.

There are now more than 118,000 cases in 114 countries, and 4,291 people have lost their lives. In the past three days incidence outside China has risen 13 times.

WHO believes that it is still possible to reduce the incidence in the world by taking a whole-of-government, whole-of-society approach, built around a comprehensive strategy to prevent infections, save lives and minimize impact.