Schoolchildren's parents refrain from traveling to countries affected by new coronavirus - education board's head

  • 2020-03-10
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - In response to warnings, schoolchildren's parents are refraining from traveling to countries affected by the new coronavirus, as Jekabpils Education Board's head Juris Licis told LETA.

He said that school principals were informed about the necessary precautions, and lessons at school continue as per usual. Teachers emphasize the importance of personal hygiene.

Attendance at schools is stable, and schoolchildren's parents refrain from traveling abroad, said Licis. If necessary, classes will be provided online, which would be a better solution than extending the school year.

In turn, Daugavpils City Council told LETA that at the moment, no restrictions were planned at public events due to Covid-19.

Daugavpils Mayor Andrejs Elksnins (Harmony) announced at a news conference today that Daugavpils City Council and neighboring municipalities had agreed to intensify information exchange, and that all the relevant services and institutions would be ready to act if necessary.

As reported, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) has warned against all but essential travel to 21 more countries hit by the novel coronavirus Covid-19.

Writing on social networks, the foreign minister has called on people to carefully weigh the necessity to travel to the United States, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Egypt, France, Greece, Iraq, Iceland, Kuwait, the UK, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Germany and Sweden.

Earlier, the Foreign Ministry already cautioned against trips to China, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Iran and Italy.