Karins skeptical about the idea of changing cumulative Covid-19 incidence threshold

  • 2020-09-11
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) is skeptical about the idea of changing the cumulative Covid-19 incidence threshold in Latvia.

At a press conference on Friday, Karins emphasized that the Latvian government had been closely following experts' recommendations. That is why the Covid-19 incidence rate in Latvia is currently one of the lowest in the world.

At the same time, Karins said he was skeptical about the idea to increase the cumulative Covid-19 incidence threshold. "This is a decision that I'm not ready to take, unless other restrictive measures are introduced. I don't think that society is ready to allow more people to enter Latvia, at the same time depriving us of our freedom of action," he emphasized.

If experts support changing the cumulative incidence threshold, Karins will be ready to consider such a proposal. So far, however, no experts have proposed this.

As reported, Lithuania is of next week raising the threshold at which countries are considered affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to 25 cases per 100,000 people over the past 14 days, from 16 cases currently, Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said on Friday.

Estonia has also taken the decision, and talks with Latvia are still ongoing, according to Veryga.