Levits and Karins discuss readiness for second Covid-19 wave nearing Latvia

  • 2020-08-26
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - With Covid-19 incidence rising across the world, Latvia too is bracing for a second wave of coronavirus infections, President Egils Levits said while briefing journalists on his weekly meeting with Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity). 

"Latvia is still holding on fairly well," the president said. He noted though that the latest Covid-19 statistics about 18 new cases confirmed in the past 24 hours suggests that Latvia might not be able to keep its Covid-19 incidence figures low and that it has to brace for a second wave of infections. 

Our main objective is to ensure that Latvia is in the best possible position and remains a "safe islet" on the Covid-19 map of Europe and the wider world, President Levits said. 

As reported, of the 2,290 people tested for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, 18 have been diagnosed with the coronavirus infection, according to the data released by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC).

According to the center's information, 11 of these people are contacts of known Covid-19 patients and two have returned to Latvia from abroad. The source of infection is being tracked in three other cases and communication is under way with two others.

Of the 242,823 Covid-19 tests carried out in Latvia so far, 0.56 percent or 1,360 tests have come back positive. As many as 1,135 Covid-19 patients or 83.45 have recovered and 33 patients have died.

According to the National Health Service's data, no Covid-19 patient has been hospitalized over the past 24 hours. Three Covid-19 patients are currently being treated in hospital. All of them have symptoms of moderate severity. Altogether 204 Covid-19 patients have been discharged from hospitals, but this figure includes both recoveries and deaths.