President Levits says curfew is 'absolutely necessary' in Latvia

The curfew and other rules imposed by the government this week are 'absolutely necessary',  said President Egils Levits in an interview to Latvian Radio December 30. 

The government's decision on the new restrictions on holiday is necessary because “a small part of society have still not understood, have not realized what must not be done in this situation – one must not infect others”, said Levits.

He said that the vast majority of residents are reducing their contacts with others, and he thanked those who comply with the rules in good faith. If these people also started behaving irresponsibly, the country would end up in a totally catastrophic situation, Levits said.

He also estimated that the increase in the spread of the disease currently observed is a “Christmas result” and shows that a small minority of people infect the rest of the community, which is not permissible. Epidemiologist Jurijs Perevoščikovs added at a press conference that the surge in cases is also due to the fact that fewer people seek medical help  during holidays.

Without the curfew, the result would be disastrous. “It needs to stay at the existing level,” the president said.

 

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