Restrictions planned to be eased after this Covid wave in Latvia

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The Ministry of Health (VM) has started work on a plan for lifting safety measures, which is intended to be gradually implemented after the end of the outbreak of Covid-19, VM said in a statement January 26.

The scientists' modeled forecasts suggest the highest point of the Covid-19 morbidity wave is expected in mid-February. The epidemiological situation may soon deteriorate significantly.

VM's work on the strategy for lifting safety measures has been launched with other sectoral ministries. Removing existing safety measures, as in other countries, will be possible in Latvia at a time when there is a drop in morbidity, the Ministry said.

After overcoming the wave of the Omicron it is planned to maintain basic safety measures such as wearing medical masks or FFP2 respirators, observing distance, use of certificates, setting the maximum number of people in large-scale events, VM said.

The Ministry has indicated that the Covid-19 virus will not disappear and may return in the autumn after the summer peace period. Therefore, Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts calls on the Operational Management Group to start work on the pandemic autumn development scenario in order to improve the ability of the industries to react in good time and to work successfully with the necessary safety requirements.

At the same time, VM points out that the virus is spreading at an unprecedented pace, so the healthcare system, industry and society as a whole should take into account the possibility that the situation may soon deteriorate significantly. The possibility of an escalation of morbidity, expected in mid-February, could lead to overload in the healthcare system and other critical sectors.

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