No plans to return to Covid certificates, says Health Minister of Latvia

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Many are currently infected with Covid-19 but mostly in a mild form, so special safety measures are not forthcoming, the Minister of Health Daniels Pavļuts said in an interview with Latvian Radio 4 on August 18.

He said that Covid-19 certificates are not currently planned to be renewed, “with one reservation if the virus remains more or less like it is currently, contagious but mild”.

However, if a new and very dangerous variant of Covid-19 suddenly appears, there may be different scenarios, but “there are no reasons yet to think that we will have to introduce more stringent measures in the autumn”, said the minister.

Pavļuts acknowledged the possibility that masks could be reintroduced in the autumn if the morbidity increases rapidly. In schools, people with symptoms of illness are likely to be asked to perform the test. The issue of vaccination of employees is to be left to the employer.

He also said that, until the end of the pandemic vaccination against Covid-19 will be free, and in the autumn Pfizer and Moderna advanced vaccines, which also protect against the type of Omicron, are likely to receive European Union green light. Until then, the boosters with the original, “pre-Omicron” vaccines will continue. There are no plans to open special large vaccination centers for vaccination, either.


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