With Covid-19 incidence in Estonia and Lithuania rising, cases might grow in Latvia as well - professor

  • 2020-08-27
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - With Covid-19 cases rising in Lithuania and Estonia and people allowed to travel freely inside all three Baltic states, the number of infections might increase in Latvia as well, Professor Girts Brigis, head of the Public Health and Epidemiology at Riga Stradins University (RSU), told LETA. 

Lately, Covid-19 incidence has been rising also in most other European countries, which is why the RSU professor does not rule out a similar trend in Latvia. 

Brigis admitted that the rate at which Covid-19 cases are growing in Lithuania and Estonia is worrisome. In Lithuania, the 14-day cumulative number of Covid-19 cases per 100,00 population has already come close to 16. If Lithuania exceeds this mark, travelers arriving in Latvia from Lithuania will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. 

This requirement still can be breached as authorities are having difficulties monitoring all the incoming travelers, but in professor's view this is the only restriction that can possibly be applied to arrivals from Lithuania. Latvia cannot and will not close its border with Lithuania, Brigis said. 

Commenting on the 18 new Covid-19 cases recorded in Latvia on Tuesday, Brigis warned against rushed conclusions, saying that no conclusion can be drawn based on a single-day increase. 

As for recent Covid-19 trends in Latvia, Professor Brigis said that the "numbers are small and the range of fluctuations is permissible". 

As reported, the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) on Tuesday reported 18 new Covid-19 cases discovered in the past 24 hours. Health Minister Ilze Vinkele (For Development//For) said on Twitter that the figure was not yet a reason to step up restrictions.