Government to decide on gradual exit from state of emergency - Karins

  • 2020-05-05
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Latvia will have to live with Covid-19 for some time still, but the government will decide on gradual exit the state of emergency, said Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) on Tuesday.

The prime minister said that the Covid-19 outbreak in Latvia is being controlled, but the disease is still spreading in other countries, and so far there is no medicine against the virus.

He said that Latvia has to act responsibly in order to be able to gradually open up its economy, ensuring public health and safety.

This Thursday the government will discuss whether to extend or not to extend the state of emergency, what to do with restrictions on gathering and other issues. "We will look for the right balance that will allow us to gradually exit the state of emergency, knowing that the virus has not been won in the world," said Karins.

The prime minister informed that on Wednesday he will meet with other Baltic prime ministers to discuss opening of the Baltic borders for movement, at the same time, keeping similar restrictions in all the three Baltic states.

Karins said that the current state of emergency is in force until May 12.

As reported, no new Covid-19 cases were recorded in Latvia in the last 24 hours as 686 people were tested for the novel coronavirus infection.

The total number of Covid-19 tests in Latvia has thus grown to 66,150 and confirmed Covid-19 cases stands at 896. The contagion has claimed the lives of 17 people. 

With no new hospitalizations reported in the past 24 hours, the total number of Covid-19 patients receiving treatment in hospital remains at 33, which includes 29 cases of moderate severity and four severe cases. Also, 98 patients have so far been discharged from hospitals.