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PM Kariņš: state of emergency might end but not the restrictions

The state of emergency set to expire April 6 might not be extended, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš told Latvian Television March 24. 

At the same time, Kariņš said that the Covid-19 pandemic does not end and that the restrictions will not be lifted, so practically the situation would not change.

He said that, at the moment, the state of emergency is a legal not practical concept. In addition, there are laws allowing for further restrictions.

The Prime Minister also said that the crisis management council might offer tougher restrictions at Easter. 

The second state of emergency in Latvia was announced November 9, 2020, and was set to expire beginning of February. Due to the high prevalence of Covid-19, it was extended until April 6, which is fast approaching but the morbidity rate is still "extremely high" according to the government's "traffic light principle."

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