Saeima deputy tests positive for COVID-19

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Independent Saeima deputy Artuss Kaimiņš confirmed March 21 that he has tested positive for coronavirus.

Writing on Twitter he said that from March 17 he started to feel unwell and self-isolated. Yesterday he was tested and today the test result was confirmed as positive for COVID-19, he said.

He added an apology to all people he had met on March 15 and 16 and urged them to get tested too.

According to the Saeima database, the most recent parliamentary session in which he participated was on March 16. He is also Chairman of the Human Rights and Public Affairs Comittee.

Clearly, there is a risk that Kaimiņš may have inadvertently spread COVID-19 among other political figures.

Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš on Saturday, March 21, announced via his Twitter account that the government will work remotely in the future and would immediately comply with medical advice with regard to testing for the coronavirus.

"Let's stay calm and continue to work. Together we can do it," Kariņš said.

The news about Kaimiņš continues a difficult few months for the maverick member of parliament. Late last year he received serious burns in a fire at his home.

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