RIGA - To ensure a timely detection of possible new Covid-19 outbreaks, government-paid Covid-19 tests will remain available to Latvia's population also after June 30, Health Ministry spokeswoman Anna Strapcane informed LETA.
To get tested, people have to register for an appointment by calling 8303.
Previously, free Covid-19 tests had been made available until the end of June, but now it has been decided to continue free testing for the rest of the summer.
The decision has been taken because as Covid-19 restrictions are being phased out, more and more people attend public events and travel outside Latvia. Meanwhile, infection rates in other countries remain significantly higher than in Latvia, with a number of countries reporting an uptick in new cases.
"It is critical to detect cases timely and prevent the infection from spreading," the Health Ministry said. Health authorities are planning to provide free Covid-19 tests to anyone who wants to take them at least until the end of the summer. After that, the current system will be revised.
At present, free Covid-19 tests are available even to those who have no symptoms of the disease.