Government changes decisions too often, says former President

The biggest government problem in reducing COVID-19 spread is the frequent changes in decisions, Valdis Zatlers, former President of Latvia, said in an interview to Latvian Radio December 7.

Zatlers, who used to be a doctor himself, said that medics are doing the right thing and performing far above their duties. But in his view, the government makes decisions chaotically and they are far from perfect.

Above 4% of COVID-19 positive cases against all tests shows uncontrolled spread of the disease, which makes it difficult for the government to take decisions. The former president said that the change is too frequent and the government should explain the need for specific restrictions and the goal to be achieved, not just list bans.

Zatlers said that “the chaos in Latvia began when the number of ill people per day exceeded 100”. Neither the government nor the society was prepared for the rapid increase in autumn.

Zatlers said that the last security measures adopted by the government to stabilize the epidemiological situation were unjustified. In his view, the government should also be much more aggressive in ruling out the possibility that people go to stores as entertainment. Zatlers believes that all shops should be closed completely on weekends and holiday.

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