Several Covid-19 criteria to be measured for four weeks before making decisions on restrictions

  • 2020-04-27
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Before making any decision on lifting restrictions, there is a proposal to measure a number of Covid-19 criteria in a period of four weeks, said Health Minister Ilze Vinkele (For Development) in an interview with the Latvian public radio.

According to the minister, the current data suggest that the dynamics of the situation is visible in four weeks.

The criteria to be measured will be the number of infected people, the growth or drop in the number of new cases, the number of hospitalized people, the number of severe cases, and the fact whether there are compact incidence in particular institutions or locations.

At the same time, she said that specialists propose to measure the reproduction coefficient that shows how many people are infected by one Covid-19 patient.

The minister believes that Latvia now is seeing the peak of incidence, but, at the same time, it cannot be said that it is over as there are so many unknown issues about Covid-19.

"It is clear that Covid-19 will not disappear, and we will have to live with this reality until fall," adding that there could be new peaks again after some time.

The minister said that not all restrictions will be lifted after May 12, which is now set as the end date for the state of emergency in Latvia.