Health monitoring of people at higher risk will have to continue after restrictions are lifted - Vinkele

  • 2020-04-14
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Certain health monitoring activities regarding the groups at higher risk of falling severely ill with Covid-19 will have to continue also after the current restrictions are lifted, Health Minister Ilze Vinkele (For Development/For) said at a news conference on Tuesday. 

According to the guidelines issued by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control, the at-risk groups include pregnant women, elderly and chronically ill people, as well as people with compromised immunity. 

"In my opinion, the health monitoring of all at-risk groups, which include not only seniors, who tend to suffer more seriously from the infection, will have to continue also after the restrictions are ended," the health minister said. 

However, before coming up with concrete proposals, the question should be discussed with local governments, the minister said, indicated that providing assistance to specific groups of the population is the local government's function. 

Some measures, Vinkele said, will remain in place after the state of emergency in Latvia ends, like disinfection and the control of the flow of shoppers in stores. 

On Wednesday, April 15, the European Union's health minister are expected to hold a video conference to discuss the relaxation of the Covid-19 restrictions and the EU's common tactic for this process, Vinkele informed.