Paramedics worried about after-holiday season in Latvia

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Paramedics are concerned about what will happen after the holidays, head of Emergency Medical Service (NMPD) Liene Cipule told Latvian Television December 23.

Cipule said that, first of all, as many Covid-19 tests as usual will not be conducted over the holidays, so it will not be known what the actual morbidity rate is. Secondly, there is a risk that many people will get ill due to the spread of the Omicron variant of the virus, the healthcare system and hospitals will be congested.

She added that if there were masses of ill people, there would also be another critical issue – namely, if a large number of police officers, firefighters and nursery workers were to get sick, there would be problems in ensuring that the authorities were working.

If people reduce contact, the next wave of Covid-19 will be calmer.

Cipule said: “The virus does not depend on decisions. It moves from person to person.”

It is therefore important to limit contact with others so as not to pass the virus on to each other.

The government's decision to allow shopping centers to work on holiday centers Cipule to work on holiday is also reprehensible, as it would give the public the assumption that the situation is relaxed, and that this time, “gifts are being given – in this case, a couple of hours in the supermarket”.

The head of the NMPD wished Latvia to overcome Covid-19 and reduce morbidity next year.

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