Latvian family doctors say tougher restrictions should be imposed

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Due to the spread of the Omicron strain of Covid-19, Latvia will have to introduce stricter restrictions to limit the spread of the virus, Līga Kozlovska, head of the Latvian Association of Rural Family Doctors, told Latvian Television December 21.

Although a number of restrictions have already been introduced in Latvia, more restrictions will likely need to be introduced, as epidemiologists predict that the number of patients infected with Covid-19 will increase significantly in hospitals, the association leader said. Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts, however, claimed that no further restrictions are currently planned.

Kozlovska said that she did not know how family doctors would cope with the expected rapid spread of Covid-19 Omicron, because family doctors' resources are limited. She expressed hope that people will be actively vaccinated against Covid-19 and that vaccination centers will be opened again for a period of time.

When asked what past errors should be learned from, Kozlovska said he should listen to infection specialists and epidemiologists.

"Politics are politics, but politicians must nevertheless follow the expert assessment of the pandemic and then take decisions very quickly. It is our great mistake that we are afraid, including at the level of politicians, to make not very popular decisions, but they are the only ones that can allow us to live more freely afterwards," said Kozlovska.

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