Disinformation is a big concern now, says Latvian Defense Minister

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Latvia's Defense Minister Artis Pabriks told Latvian Television October 28 that a great problem at the moment is disinformation regarding COVID-19.

He said that in the spring there was a worry about the availability of facial masks and disinfectants, but there is no reason for concern at the moment, and there are enough stocks in the defense department warehouses, and the government also has additional purchases of masks and gloves.

But the biggest difference from spring is disinformation at this moment, people in other countries are tired of the virus and restrictions, are no longer careful, conspiracy theories appear. Calls not to wear masks, protests, and disinformation will likely be the biggest problem during autumn, Pabriks said. Latvia's President Egils Levits also invited the public not to listen to irrational claims earlier this week.

He also recalled that there would be no traditional public holiday parades due to restrictions this year, but the Ministry of Defense is encouraging celebration because the pandemic doesn't cancel the festivities.

The National Armed Forces are planning a few surprises for people not only in Rīga, but also in the regions, said Pabriks. This will depend on the weather, whether there will be an opportunity to involve airplanes, maybe there will be some flashmobs, or any other surprises for the population, within the limits of assembly.

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