Infectologist Dumpis says summer could be restriction-free in Latvia

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Although the incidence of Covid-19 in Latvia is decreasing, the fight against coronavirus has not yet been won as new Covid-19 strains could come in the autumn, the infectologist Uga Dumpis told Latvian Television on March 17.

He said that hospitals still have a large number of patients with Covid – around 1,000. The profile of the Covid-19 patients has changed – they are now predominantly older people over 75 years who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 or have not received a booster vaccine.

Covid-19 is also actively spreading among the vaccinated population, but they do not suffer as severely. “The incidence of Covid-19 goes down, but the virus has not disappeared anywhere,” Dumpis said.

The infectologist said that the increase in the spread of Covid-19 in several European countries is a concern, expressing the hope that the Covid-19 curve in Latvia will continue to move downward and “not get back up in the summer”.

The abolition of most Covid restrictions is justified, said Dumpis. “Let's go into a normal, good summer,” Dumpis said, adding that in the autumn, risk groups will likely need another booster. 

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