Latest Covid-19 trends not yet reason to call off Riga elections and postpone new school year - Vinkele

  • 2020-07-10
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The latest trends of Covid-19 spread in Latvia are not yet a reason to call off snap municipal elections in Riga and to postpone the beginning of the new school year, Health Minister Ilze Vinkele (For Development/For) said at a news conference following today's government meeting. 

The minister said that the situation with the new Covid-19 cases is not that devastating, but added that there are grounds to "act swiftly to curb the spread of Covid-19". 

Vinkele indicated that Latvia's 14-day cumulative number of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants is still one of the lowest in Europe but that the situation with the latest coronavirus cases will be monitored and the dynamic of infections will be analyzed before deciding on new, tougher restrictions. 

By the end of July, the Education and Science Ministry has to prepare information on when the new school year might begin, the health minister said. 

Vinkele believes that for now, there are still no reasons to decide on calling off the elections in Riga or postponing the school year, but she emphasized that whether such decisions will be needed or not depends on public discipline and following the Covid-19 guidelines. 

As reported, Latvia has registered a noticeable increase in new Covid-19 cases this week. Eleven new Covid-19 cases have been confirmed in Latvia after testing 1,841 people on Thursday and last night, the Center for Disease Prevention and Control informed today.

The total number of Covid-19 tests has thus risen to 165,610 and the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has grown to 1,165. The coronavirus disease has claimed the lives of 30 people and 1,019 people have recovered from Covid-19.

According to the National Health Service's data, no new Covid-19 patients have been hospitalized in the past 24 hours. Of the three Covid-19 patients currently being treated in hospital, two have symptoms of moderate severity and one has severe symptoms.

Altogether, 183 patients have been discharged from hospitals, but this number includes both recoveries and fatalities.