Health Minister: distancing remains key to stable Covid situation

As the Omicron strain poses a threat to the continued functioning of the industries, additional steps should be taken to ensure people are distancing, Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts told Latvian Television January 24. 

The high rates of Covid-19 morbidity are currently exactly in line with the expectations, but the hospital situation is not as bad as forecast. However, there are fears that the situation in hospitals could deteriorate more rapidly if people over 60 are affected more.

There have also been concerns about the continued functioning of the sectors due to the widespread distribution of Covid-19. The development of such events is already illustrated by the situation in schools.

Therefore, steps should be taken to ensure that people are separated.

“It would mean even more remote work where possible. We have to look at how we can limit people's gatherings outside the household. Where people from different places gather,” said Pavļuts.

Concrete changes have not been formulated at the moment, and the Minister will propose a discussion on this at the meeting of the coalition on Monday. Immediate action should be taken in case the situation in hospitals is deteriorating.

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