Government plans to discuss easing restrictions in February

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In February, the Cabinet plans to decide on the exit strategy from the Covid-19 safety measures or the lifting of the restrictions imposed during the spread of coronavirus, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš said at a briefing after the coalition meeting Monday, January 31.

“We want clarity on this issue until the end of the [state of] emergency at the end of February,” the Prime Minister said. “It needs to go along with the rates of illness and hospitalization, but it seems that at the moment the level of hospitalization with the Omicron strain is different from the Delta, and hospitals are not filling very rapidly.”

The Prime Minister said that he planned a meeting with Prime Ministers of Lithuania and Estonia on Friday, February 4, in order to discuss the possibility of harmonising epidemiological security requirements in all Baltic States after the end of February. In the meantime, Lithuania is already planning to decide on the suspension of the use of their internal Covid-19 certificate this week.

The coalition agreed to find a solution within a week that could be discussed at the next meeting of the coalition on Monday, February 7.

There are calls from both opposition and coalition politicians to suspend or at least substantially review the regulation of Covid-19 certificates. However, epidemiologist Ņikita Trojaniskis is concerned about the possible revocation of Covid-19 certificates.

“It's probably just this week that we'll really see hospitalizations grow, because among seniors, the infection has only begun to spread. Therefore, I think it is certainly not now the time to expose the population to increasing risk of distribution and to encourage infection, especially in the groups with the greatest risk of hospitalization,” Trojanskis said.

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