Second Rīga preschool closed due to Covid-19

“Mārzemīte”, the second largest preschool in Mārupe, has been closed for two weeks after an employee tested positive for the Covid-19 novel coronavirus, according to Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) representative Ilze Arāja.

Arāja said that the preschool worker didn't have direct contact with children, but as a precaution both the employees and pupils must now observe two weeks of self-isolation. 288 children from the age of three and up attended Mārzemīte, which was founded in 2016.

As previously reported, on March 17 the first child was diagnosed with the coronavirus, and as a result the SPKC urged the infected child's kindergarten in Piņķi to close their doors. Although the child didn't attend the kindergarten while presenting symptoms, SPKC epidemiologists discovered the case over a week after the child had been ill. SPKC Infectious Disease Risk Analysis Department Director Jurijs Perevoščikovs confirmed that the child had previously been abroad for quite a while with their family.

Also reported, Latvia's updated coronavirus regulations regarding preschools are the following:

“preschool education institutions and institutions that ensure childcare services shall ensure the work of on-duty groups so that in the event of necessity the provision of preschool services could be ensured to parents who cannot ensure childcare themselves. In order to attend preschool educational institutions, parents shall submit a written statement to the pre-school educational institution once a week informing that the child and family have not visited any foreign country over the past 14-day period and have not been in contact with COVID-19 affected persons, and parents do not have any other possibility of providing childcare."

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