Researcher: Latvia's Covid restrictions need better coordination

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Covid-19 certificates could be optional in places where masks are used, said Jānis Kloviņš, Chairman of the Scientific Council of the Latvian Biomedical Research and Studies Centre, in an interview on Latvian Television on February 8.

He and Uldis Mitenbergs, head of Latvia's Office of the World Health Organisation, agreed that the wave of the Omicron has not peaked in Latvia, so caution should still be observed. Both said that those restrictions which promote vaccination should be left intact.

Kloviņš suggested that certificates could be mandatory where masks are not used, like sports competitions, but where they are used, like shops, certificates might not be required.

He also expressed the idea that a model could be developed in which the most at-risk groups of society test more and are protected. Thus, all resources could be channeled directly to that. However, the scientist stressed that the set of restrictions needs to be developed listening to specialists. According to him, the Latvian government has not done that so far.

“There is a lack of total value in government decisions. To protect people's lives is the primary thing. And everything needs to be coordinated,” he said.


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