Health Ministry offers 'traffic light scheme' for Covid rules

The Minister of Health Daniels Pavļuts said at a press conference January 19 that the Ministry would  introduce, strengthen or soften measures to limit Covid-19 by assessing the situation “on the basis of traffic lights”.

The Ministry proposed specific figures as borders between risk levels from low (green) to high (red).

The Ministry offered the following model for discussion:

  • “red light”: a very high risk situation. This is the case now, with 689 new Covid-19 cases per 100 000 inhabitants registered in 14 days (European average is 425);
  • “orange light”: still a high-risk situation with a maximum of 200 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days. It will then be possible to gradually ease the restrictions;
  • “yellow light”: experts are still discussing the incidence rates for the determination of a modest risk situation;
  • “green light”: low risk situation with 20 new cases per 100 000 inhabitants recorded in 14 days. It will allow a return to everyday life without significant constraints.

“We are in an absolutely critical situation. It may not be felt on the street and at home, but this critical border has long been exceeded in hospitals,” said Pavļuts.

On Tuesday, the government decided conceptually to extend the safety restrictions currently imposed until February 7.

 

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