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Kariņš: First phase of COVID-19 response successful in Latvia

The first phase of the pandemic caused by COVID-19 ends after June 9, and Latvia has been successful dealing with it, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) said in an interview to Latvian Radio on June 9.

The end of emergency state in Latvia does not mean the virus has been defeated, Kariņš said.

The first phase is at a close now and he is optimistic about the future. "The first stage has been handled very successfully, and we are now entering a new one. Unfortunately, just like the first, this is a great unknown for us. Not only in Latvia but in Europe in general the disease seems to slow down but unfortunately there are still new waves," said Prime Minister.

He pointed out that Latvia has a low incidence rate and has managed to avoid many deaths. The Prime Minister urged to continue to be wary to prevent the virus from spreading again.

On Tuesday, June 9, the government plans to decide on future distancing restrictions. The Ministry of Health has proposed up to 100 people to gather indoors and up to 300 outdoors.

Kariņš said he thinks the jump from 25 to 100 is too much, so he wants to hear what epidemiologists say before making a decision.


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