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Emergency team chief supports tighter restrictions in Latvia

Liene Cipule, head of the Emergency Medical Service (NMPD), believes that even tougher restrictions should be introduced in Latvia in order to stop Covid-19, according to the 'Today's Question' broadcast of Latvian Television February 25.

Cipule said that this is the time to introduce sufficiently strict rules, including on movement. She said the restrictions should be introduced before a significant increase in coronavirus spread is noticed. However, Cipule stressed that setting limits was a matter of responsibility for politicians. She also pointed out that tighter restrictions should be well prepared.

According to her, if we do not maintain the limits currently in place, we can expect the results elsewhere in Europe. Namely, there are expected to be 3,000 patients in hospitals and possibly more Covid-19 sufferers.

Medics are preparing for the increase of the incidence of Covid-19's new, more contagious type in Latvia. According to Cipule, this is inevitable. 

It is currently possible to accommodate 1,500 Covid-19 patients in hospitals of Latvia. However, whether it is possible to care for 3,000 people at the same time, according to Cipule, is an unanswerable question.

“This would be a very big challenge, so the Prime Minister, the Minister for Health, I – are harsh in forecasts and statements. Hospital resources are never endless,” the head of NMPD said.

The only consolation is that some of the medics have already been vaccinated. At present, every other service member has been vaccinated.

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