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Infectologist: COVID-19 spreads in schools and workplaces

Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) chief infectologist Jurijs Perevoščikovs said in a media conference October 9 that the main concern with COVID-19 outbreaks in Latvia is currently schools and workplaces.

Perevoščikovs said that four serious outbreaks so far have occurred in businesses. Health Ministry's chief infectologist, Uga Dumpis, previously stated that especially high risk of infection is at food companies, linked to cool air and poor ventilation. Two of the four outbreaks have occurred in food processing companies: meat producer Forevers and fish product company Līcis-93 on Thursday.

Perevoščikovs also said special attention must be paid in schools to comply with safety measures in daily work. More outbreaks have recently been traced at schools. In Rīga Natālijas Draudziņas Secondary School, for example, learning process will take place purely remotely as more than 20 teachers have been infected.

"One negative example is that an infected child continued to go to school [with symptoms], thus helping the disease to spread," said Perevoščikovs.

He said that it is really important that people with symptoms do not go to work or school. The infectologist encouraged use of face masks and working remotely.

He added that SPKC and government would discuss Friday whether the regions where COVID-19 outbreaks have been traced would be subject to additional restrictions.


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