More restrictions on gathering of people will have to be introduced if Covid-19 spreads uncontrollably - Dumpis

  • 2020-10-08
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - More restrictions on gathering of people should be introduced if Covid-19 spreads uncontrollably, but the restrictions will not be as tough as in spring, said Uga Dumpis, chief infectologist at the Ministry of Health.

"We cannot exclude that in case the virus spreads uncontrollably in the whole country, and the number of patients in hospitals increase, new restrictions on gathering of people will be introduced," the infectologist said, adding though that the restrictions will not be the same as in spring because there is now greater awareness of how the virus spreads.

Asked about differences in treatment methods compared to spring, Dumpis said that nothing much has changed, but treatment in emergency wards has improved as medics have better knowledge about when and which methods should be used.

Another feature, individual protection equipment is much more available now than it was in spring.

The current tactic in curbing Covid-19 is based on timely discovery of local outbreaks, broad testing and search for contacts. 

He said that now the most important thing is not to introduce new restrictions, but follow the current safety measures in real life. This refers to entertainment, work, meetings with friends and relatives. Special attention should be paid to observing distance indoors.

As reported, the new tactic in the fight against Covid-19 will be localized restrictions, Minister of Health Ilze Vinkele (For Development) told Latvian Television on Wednesday.

Vinkele said that the current growth rates of Covid-19 in Latvia look dramatic, but it should be taken into account that this increase is from a low infection level. According to the minister, "there is no reason to panic, but we should not relax either''.