Possible second wave of COVID-19 to be discussed in Latvia

On Tuesday, June 16, the Saeima will discuss a  possible second wave of COVID-19 virus, Latvian Radio reported on June 16.

A number of experts will participate in the meeting of the Social and Labor Affairs Commission, including the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the Latvian Association of Physicians,

The second wave of virus spread has already started in Iran and Israel, the Ministry of Health's main infectious scientist Uga Dumpis told Latvijas Radio. He pointed out that it is unknown whether the second wave will happen and when, but it is clear that the virus will not disappear on its own.

“The first thing to realize is that travelling is not safe. Those who come may also have a virus, because the 14-day self-isolation does not have to be observed," Dumpis said.

He also pointed out that it is summer and not to challenge fate and go to events indoors.

“We're certainly not ready for the second wave, hardly any country is. The first, at national level, would be to prevent this second wave. So try to pursue the same strategy with which we managed to limit the epidemic – testing, identifying contacts, continue it in the same way as we did in the spring,” said the infectologist.

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