Infectologist reiterates importance of observing restrictions in Latvia

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The measures currently set out to limit the spread of Covid-19 in Latvia should be maintained, and, more importantly, observed,  said infectologist Uga Dumpis on Latvian Television February 4.

He acknowledged that in Latvia the situation regarding Covid-19 is bad, as is the mortality rate. “It's bad. “So many [people] die, these are preventable deaths,” the infectologist said, pointing out that easing restrictive measures would pose risks.

The government is scheduled to decide on further restrictions Friday.

Asked how he assessed the government's plan to ease the restrictions, Dumpis said: “It would be strange to say that the restrictions, with such rates of infection, should be eased.”

Dumpis said the main thing was that residents should comply with the restrictions imposed. 

“We see irregularities [in compliance with restrictions] every step of the way. We see a lack of awareness,” the infectologist said.,

He said that first of all, it is necessary to look at how the existing restrictions are respected and then to consider any possible changes.

When asked about the possibility of a third outbreak of Covid-19 in Latvia, given the prevalence of the more contagious types of Covid-19, Dumpis acknowledged that there are countries that deal with these new strains successfully: “If we comply with the restrictions, there should be no third wave.”

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