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Perevoščikovs: stores could open if Covid numbers fall to 270 per day

Opening all retail venues could be considered if no more than 270 new Covid-19 cases per day were registered in Latvia, Jurijs Perevošcikovs, epidemiologist of the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) told Latvian Television January 21.

The SPKC representative explained that a maximum of 270 new infections per day would lead to a cumulative rate of around 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Such an indicator has also been accepted in other countries, considering that in such a case the epidemiological situation is “sufficiently well controlled”.

An average of 850 new cases of Covid-19 are currently registered in Latvia, which is too much to properly control the situation and provide medical assistance to all people, the epidemiologist said.

Perevoščikovs said that in a number of countries where Covid-19 numbers are lower than in Latvia, tight restrictions still need to be observed, because there are still new risks, such as new, more contagious strains of the virus.

Perevoščikovs said that the situation is unfortunately not improving quickly, but there is a positive trend as there is a reduction in the number of infections. He said that the safety measures currently in place would work more effectively if all people were to comply with them.

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