Latvian military will not be involved yet to help with measures to combat spread of coronavirus

  • 2020-03-10
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The National Armed Forces will not be involved yet in measures to help stop the the spread of the coronavirus in Latvia, Defense Ministry spokesman Kaspars Galkins told LETA.

According to the Civil Defense Plan, the army is involved in such cases only after a government decision. Such a proposal has yet to be made.

Galkins also asserted that the NAF, like other state structures, has introduced enhanced disinfection measures to reduce the risk of the virus spreading. For example, Center for Disease Prevention and Control recommendations for soldiers are being observed,  and disinfectants for hand washing are being provided.

As reported, two more cases have been confirmed in Latvia of persons infected with the Covid-19 coronavirus, and both have recently returned from a trip to Italy, bringing the total number of cases in the country to eight, according to the Center for Disease Prevention and Control. 

Both persons returned to Latvia from northern Italy on March 7.

So far, 274 persons have been checked for the coronavirus in Latvia, of which 30 within the past 24 hours.