Health Minister: schools will be open in September

The increase in the number of COVID-19 infections over the past week does not yet require changes to the plans for continuing on-site education in September, Health Minister Ilze Vinkele said to Latvian Television on July 13.

Vinkele pointed out that the situation may be changing, a rapid increase in infection cases could lead to a review of the plans, but “we are still hopeful that children will be able to go to school in September”, and the Ministry of Education is planning to develop a more detailed explanation of how the learning process will be organised by the end of July.

The Riga City Council's emergency elections scheduled for August 29 will also take place without changes, the Minister said.

She explained that the government is assessing the situation and imposing restrictions while taking into account the findings of epidemiologists, “if there are outbreaks, we are looking at how this has happened, rather than building walls around the whole area”.

She called on people to be responsible and understand that careless behavior could affect other people's business, health, especially health of their relatives.

Vinkele also reminded to use the “Apturi Covid” app and the state-paid COVID-19 tests.

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