Infectologist Dumpis: we have to 'pause society' in Latvia

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The government's planned restrictions on reducing Covid-19 spreads will not have any effect in the short term – in the coming month, infectologist Uga Dumpis said in an interview with Latvian Radio October 8.

Dumpis believes that the restrictions should be stricter than planned, initially extending them to people who are vaccinated against Covid-19.

Dumpis said two expert groups had been working on proposals to mitigate Covid-19's spread and that proposals received in one of them “were much more serious.”

“It's clear that for at least a few weeks we have to pause the society to some extent. [That would mean] that people go to work and don't go anywhere else, and maybe kids in junior classes go to school, all kinds of unnecessary meetings are stopped. We really need to reduce the number of contacts between people by at least half to get over this period of crisis,” said Dumpis.

The infectologist said that Latvia has chosen to take the Covid-19 restrictions imposed on Lithuania as an example. There is bigger vaccination coverage in Lithuania, and more people have had Covid-19 there. “But we see clearly that the restrictions there do not work, the situation in Lithuania is not improving. It's hard to imagine that we could improve this kind of recommendation,” Dumpis said.

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