State of emergency might come into effect around weekend at the earliest if its decided to reintroduce it - PM's representative

  • 2020-11-03
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - If the Crisis Management Council decides today to prepare for reintroducing the state of emergency over Covid-19, it might come into effect around this weekend at the earliest, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins' (New Unity) parliamentary secretary Evika Silina (New Unity) told members of the Saeima Defense, Interior and Corruption Prevention Committee.

Karins' remarks on the necessity to consider declaring a new state of emergency does not necessarily mean that the decision will be taken today, Silina explained. If the Crisis Management Council concludes that the state of emergency is necessary, time will be given to prepare for it, the prime minister's representative said.

As reported, the government today will convene for a joint extraordinary meeting with the Crisis Management Council to assess the epidemiological situation in Latvia and possibly to decide on reintroducing a state of emergency in order to give the government more extensive powers in the fight against Covid-19.

After the weekly meeting of coalition partners on Monday, Karins said that the time has come to decide on declaring a state of emergency, given the rapid spread of Covid-19 in Latvia. Some coalition partners, however, have voiced reserved opinions about the proposal.