State of emergency has to be extended by a month, not three months - New Conservative Party

  • 2020-04-06
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The New Conservative Party (JKP) believes that the state of emergency over the Covid-19 pandemic should be extended in Latvia by a month, but not by three months as proposed, JKP representative Oskars Muksimovs told LETA. 

The party is also calling for technological solutions that would enable a more effective control of the spread of Covid-19 and at the same time allow businesses to resume operations. 

"We believe that decisions on restrictions for curbing Covid-19 have to be taken by healthcare specialists, but at this point the government should decide on extending the state of emergency by one month," said JKP chairman Janis Bordans. 

The politician believes that extending the state of emergency by three months would be a very bad signal to all entrepreneurs and can lead to an steeper rise in unemployment. Bordans did not rule out a repeated extension, though. Politicians have to flexible on these issues and take decisions depending on the situation, Bordans said. 

During the extended state of emergency it is necessary to provide face masks and personal disinfection products to everyone, Bordans said, adding that it is also necessary to work on IT solutions allowing to track and contain the spread of the coronavirus more effectively.

As reported, New Unity's leader Arvils Aseradens told LETA earlier today that the current state of emergency in Latvia should be extended by no more than one month.

Given the negative impact of the Covid-19 emergency on the national economy, Latvia could not afford extending the state of emergency for more than one month, believes Aseradens.