No additional Covid safety measures considered in Latvia

Hospitals are not currently overburdened so additional preventive measures against Covid-19 are not necessary at the moment, said Jurijs Perevoščikovs, epidemiologist at the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), in an interview with Latvian Television on July 14.

Around 15% of people currently infected with Covid-19 have already had it or have been vaccinated, said Jurijs Perevoščikovs. Perevoščikovs said that the incidence was affected by increased socialization, going to events, and travel. The Omicron virus has new mutations that contribute to the spread of the disease.

However, the influx of Covid-19 patients in hospitals is moderate. As long as the hospitals are stable, additional safety measures will not be encouraged.

“Despite the relatively rapid spread of the virus, there is a moderate increase in hospitals, which does not cause much concern. This could be the only criterion for introducing additional measures. If the situation in hospitals does not deteriorate, additional measures would not be of great importance," Perevoščikovs said.

At the same time, the SPKC calls on people to take care of their safety by taking preventive measures, such as not going to places where there are many people, or using a mask if it is impossible to avoid assembly.

Perevoščikovs also stressed the importance of vaccination, indicating that the unvaccinated suffer severely and die three to four times more frequently than those who have been vaccinated. “Vaccination is therefore still important in order to prevent hospital admissions, death, and hospital congestion,” the epidemiologist said.

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