Government seeks a 'long-term' model to cope with Covid-19

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Covid-19 infection rates are not going down in Latvia, and it is clear the pandemic will remain for a while. Government is looking for a long-term solution to live with it, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš said at a press conference February 9.

It is planned to set up a management group under the leadership of the Prime Minister, consisting of social partners and specialists, scientists and representatives of the main institutions involved in the fight against the pandemic.

On Tuesday Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš said that "we need to change our thinking and act in the long term".

“We cannot resolve the pandemic, but we must think about how we can reorganize the household model, education, trade and other areas, and here there is no rush, better figure out how to do it smarter”, said the Prime Minister.

Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts said that “Covid-19 has been with us for 11 long months; when we faced this pandemic in March, it would not have occurred to anyone that after 11 months we will continue to talk about the increase in infection, about hospitals fighting and [people] dying every day”.

“We must all come together to the clear knowledge that this Covid-19 will be with us for a while,” the minister said.

At the moment, the emergency has been extended by two months, but this does not mean that “we can do nothing for two months”, the minister said, explaining that experts will work on algorithms for safe sectoral action, taking into account that Covid-19 will be long, and seeing that the current methods clearly do not work.

“The situation is serious enough, but we need to be angry not at each other but at the virus, and we need to find a common way to overcome it, to continue living in a way that does not threaten our health, how to deal with Covid-19 until everyone gets the vaccine,” Pavļuts said.

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