School testing will take place once every fortnight in Latvia

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Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts and Education and Science Minister Anita Muižniece (New Conservative Party) agreed on Thursday, September 9, to switch to school testing once every 14 days instead of the past seven days.

If the number of positive Covid-19 cases in society increases significantly, the frequency of testing may be revised again, the Ministry of Health (VM) reported.

Similarly, in order to make the testing process more convenient and operational for all parties involved, it is planned to gradually introduce a different testing method in schools, which involves testing samples from one class at a time.

Such arrangements would make it easier for both laboratories and educational establishments and would reduce the costs, said VM.

In a statement to the media, VM said that the first weeks of testing have allowed for the commencement of on-site learning and the prevention of outbreaks in 215 educational establishments and to assess more objectively the distribution of Covid-19 in Latvian municipalities. Testing more than 200,000 pupils and school employees has been a challenge for education institutions, children and their parents, as well as laboratories.

The previous school testing week revealed 295 Covid-19 positive cases, 13% of the total. 

It is planned to provide more detailed information regarding the improvement of the testing of pupils at a forthcoming meeting of the Cabinet.

Health Minister Daniels Pavluts said on Twitter that more convenient, less labor-consuming methods, such as chewing tests, will be introduced gradually in school testing.

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