Infectologist Dumpis: many rules are being breached in Latvia

Before deciding on younger pupils learning remotely, there are other things that could be restricted, said infectologist Uga Dumpis in an interview on Latvian Television November 23.

According to him, remote learning of the younger pupils classes will not give the effect of reducing COVID-19. “We don't know how long it will take. It may have huge consequences if it has to be done for several months,” Dumpis said, adding that young children are not the main carriers of the disease.

Dumpis said that there are plenty of things that still take place - such as sports activities, hairdressers. What needs to be done, however, is to look at where the restrictions are being circumvented. According to him, people are trying to breach the rules. They do not understand that the restrictions are designed to limit contacts.

“We have to learn to live with this virus and understand how to play the game,” Dumpis said. He emphasized that COVID-19 rate should be going down if people were observing the distance, washing their hands and wearing masks in public places.

He also said that despite everything, most people do observe the limitations, otherwise the increase would have been much more rapid. Dumpis pointed out that the effect of the emergency restrictions will be able to be assessed this week.

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