Restrictions to be eased based on Covid-19 impact on four areas in period of four weeks

  • 2020-04-29
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The government will make decisions on  easing restrictions of the state of emergency based on Covid-19 impact on four areas in a period of four weeks, said Health Minister Ilze Vinkele (For Development) in a press conference on Tuesday.

The first criterion to be assessed will be epidemiological situation - the number of Covid-19 cases, their share against the number of performed tests, the number of fatalities and hospitalized patients. At the same time, new incidences will be assessed.

The second area will be the load of the health care sector, including the Emergency Medical Service, the ability of the Center of Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) to trace contact persons of the infected patients, and the overall readiness of the health care system.

Also, the government will assess developments in other countries.

The final criterion will be overall public safety, including control of events, psychological well-being of the society, said Vinkele.

Thus, every four weeks it will be possible to revise the safety restrictions.

At the same time, Vinkele urged people to continue following social distancing rules, especially during the upcoming holidays so that it is possible to revise restrictions already on May 12.

SPKC expert Jurijs Perevoscikovs said that Covid-19 has been spreading in Latvia for eight weeks, but in the past four weeks the incidence has been declining, allowing Latvia to consider easing of some restrictions.

He said though that reduction of incidence is not related with the warmer weather, the virus becoming less infectious or developing of immunity. The primary factor is the efficiency of the restrictive measures.

Perevoscikovs also said that the restrictions should be eased gradually to prevent a rapid increase of incidence.

 The 2,380 tests performed in Latvia during the past 24 hours revealed 18 new Covid-19 cases, according to information released by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

This brings the total number of Covid-19 positive patients in Latvia to 836. The total number of people tested for Covid-19 has risen to 51,561. So far, 267 Covid-19 patients have recovered and 13 have died.