Latvia has no reason to lift restrictions yet, says PM Kariņš

At the moment, there is no reason to think that the government could now lift or ease the current Covid-19 restrictions, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš said at a remote press briefing January 18.

Latvia cannot afford any increase in infection rates at this time, the Prime Minister said.

“At the moment, the situation is stabilizing, but it is not enough, there must be a reduction in rates,” said Kariņš.

He said that, for example, in Ireland, where strict restrictions had succeeded in reducing the spread of the virus and the situation was one of the best in Europe, the restrictions were lifted by Christmas and New Year, and three weeks later, the increase in Covid-19 prevalence in Ireland is one of the largest in Europe.

“This disease is dangerous; in countries where restrictions are lifted, numbers are increasing; we cannot afford the slightest increase, we need to reduce the overall curve,” Kariņš said.

The government will decide this week on specific restrictions after January 25, when the restrictions currently imposed expire.

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