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'State of emergency' designation lifted from healthcare

As the epidemiological situation has improved, and the number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals has decreased, the State Operative Medical Commission (VOMK) decided to lift the declared 'state of emergency' in the health sector, Health Ministry spokeswoman Sintija Gulbe said, the LETA newswire reported June 30.

In Gulbe's words, a decision was also made on the criteria, according to which the state of emergency can be declared again if the situation deteriorates.

The state of emergency in Latvia's health care system was declared at the start of December 2020, and is a technical measure that gave medical institutions more autonomy in handling their resources so they could provide the necessary medical assistance to Covid-19 sufferers and other urgent patients.

Hospitals in Latvia are currently reducing the number of their Covid-19 beds but they have to be ready to redeploy them in three days in case of a fresh resurgence of infections, Liene Cipule, head of the Emergency Medical Service, said at the government meeting on Tuesday.

She informed that the saturation of Covid-19 beds is currently at 27 percent. According to the latest available figures there are currently 133 patients in Latvia's hospitals with coronavirus symptoms, of which number 30 have serious symptoms.

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