NATO soldier serving in Latvia contracts Covid-19

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A NATO soldier serving in Latvia has been diagnosed with the Covid-19 novel coronavirus, according to Ministry of Defense Military Public Relations Department Director Kaspars Galkins on March 25.

The soldier is not seriously ill and is treating the virus in quarters and observing a 14-day quarantine. 14 other NATO soldiers serving in Latvia who had contact with the infected soldier are also observing self-quarantine. Not all the NATO soldiers live at the military barracks, some live in rented residences.

"The soldiers continue to fulfil their duties, also continuing military training when possible, including exercises planned at the range. Before each training it's evaluated whether the training doesn't violate any epidemiological security measures," said Galkins.

The soldier's home country was not revealed, only that he wasn't part of the largest NATO unit at the base in Ādaži. The infected person did not have contact with any Latvia National Armed Forces (NBS) soldiers.

NBS military bases have been following emergency situation measures along with other governmental structures by complying with epidemiological safety precautions.

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