Covid-19 morbidity has gone up the past two days in Latvia

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Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts told Latvian Television March 18 that Covid-19 incidence rate has increased in the last two days and that new action plans for hospitals will be discussed Thursday at the government meeting.

The Minister acknowledged that in the last two days, Covid-19 morbidity rates have increased. Yesterday, there were more than 800 cases of the virus recorded in the country.

“It's like a warning,” the minister said, adding that he is advancing criteria for when action is needed immediately. For example, immediate action will have to be taken if the load of beds in the intensive treatment in hospitals exceeds 70%.

The Minister for Health said that currently bed loads in hospitals do not exceed 70%, and in this respect the situation is better than some time ago.

Asked what additional restrictions should be introduced if the incidence of Covid-19 is increasing, the Minister stated that the aim is to ensure that people do not meet in small circles. Prevention of assembly in the workplace as well as outside working time in private life should be avoided.

Neighboring countries have introduced restrictions at regional level as Latvia has in education for primary schools. It will be debated whether to consider extending such regional restrictions. The Minister said that the introduction of some restrictions on movement in the regions was mentioned as one of the final, extreme measures.


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