Latvia has been gripped by an epidemic of the unvaccinated - Karins

  • 2021-08-31
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Latvia has been gripped by an epidemic of the unvaccinated, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) said during a government meeting on Tuesday.

After hearing the latest information about the Covid-19 epidemiological situation in the country, Karins concluded that an epidemic of the unvaccinated had begun in Latvia. This means that those who have still not been vaccinated against Covid-19 must be better informed about vaccinations.

The rising number of new Covid-19 cases may cause problems when increasingly more people end up in hospitals, said Karins. According to experts, when the number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals increases to 800, a state of emergency will have to be declared in healthcare again, which will limit the availability of other healthcare services and create new problems, he explained.

More effort must go into explaining residents that it is people who are not vaccinated against Covid-19 who are currently being admitted to hospitals, and that those who have died from the coronavirus were also unvaccinated. "This fact must be emphasized so that the public understands what it can do to protect itself. It is tragic that there is such a large number of people in Latvia who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19, moreover, these people end up in hospitals," Karins emphasized.

Covid-19 incidence will continue to increase and a third wave of Covid-19 is inevitable, added Karins.

As reported, Latvia confirmed 237 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, according to information released by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control. Five people also died of Covid-19 related symptoms on Monday.