Infectologist: restrictions cannot be loosened at the moment

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Latvia can only talk about tightening restrictions at this moment, not loosening them, infectologist Uga Dumpis told Latvian Television March 18.

He said that in recent days, Covid-19 morbidity has been increasing, and a fairly significant increase is seen when comparing Tuesday and Wednesday's data with relevant figures a week ago. “The reduction is no longer continuing, there is an increase,” the infectologist said.

Asked what should be done to limit Covid-19's spread, Dumpis said "many places" should be closed. Asked what exactly should be closed, the infectologist said it was a government decision in order to avoid the situation in which neighboring Estonia currently finds itself with one of the world's highest morbidity rates.

“We can only talk about tightening the limits,” he said.

He criticized the decision to allow flights to third countries, especially charter flights. According to Dumpis, Latvia had previously made mistakes three times with these flights – in the spring, when people returned from ski resorts, at the end of the summer, when people were travelling abroad on vacations, as well as this year when citizens returned from the most severely affected countries.

“To believe that this will not bring new variations of the virus or increase risks, it seems totally unwarranted to me as a professional,” added Dumpis.


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