Latvia will have new Covid-19 cases, but there is no reason for panic - infectologist

  • 2020-03-09
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Latvia will have new cases of the nover coronavirus Covid-19, but people should not panic, stock up food, said Riga Stradins University Professor and infectologist at the Riga Eastern Clinical University Hospital, Angelika Krumina, in an interview with the Latvian public radio.

The specialist said that it is hard to predict the number of coronavirus patients in the future, but those will not be thousands. She underscored that the respective services in Latvia are working very well.

"There is no need for panic, fear, people should act based on the provided information," said Krumina.

She reminded that China does not report such a steep rise in the number of new patients compared to January. At the same time, the situation in Italy is not that stable, and there will be many new cases in Europe.

One of the risk factors is people's wish to travel. She called on Latvian residents to evaluate well whether the planned trips are really necessary.

As reported, another three cases of the novel coronavirus Covid-19 have been confirmed in Latvia, thus the total number of Covid-19 patients has reached six, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) data.

In the past 24 hours 22 people were tested for the coronavirus, and the total number of people tested reaches 244.

The last three patients flew on airBaltic flight No. BT-630 from Milan. All passengers flying on this plane will be contacted.

As reported, the third case of the novel coronavirus Covid-19 was confirmed in Latvia on Sunday evening.

As the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) reported, the third Covid-19 patient is a family member to the woman who was diagnosed with the disease on Sunday morning. Both patients had been in Italy and returned on an airBaltic flight from Milan on Saturday.

SPKC reported earlier that epidemiologists had contacted with all 24 Latvian residents who were on the same flight and issued recommendations.

The second coronavirus patient is a woman who caught the virus in a town in northern Italy near the Swiss border. She was in Italy with a tourist group from February 29 to March 7.

The woman returned to Latvia on an airBaltic flight from Milan on Saturday. There were a total of 39 passengers on the flight, including 25 from Latvia.