Latvia extends state of emergency by one month

As expected, Latvia's cabinet decided on April 7 to extend the current state of emergency in the country by one month. Consequently the current status - which allows the government extra leeway in its legislative and financial decision-making - will remain in place until May 12.

The original state of emergency had been due to expire on April 14.

"Overall, the situation with COVID-19 in Latvia is stable," Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš said via video link after the virtual cabinet meeting, "however, we cannot relax because in Europe this pandemic is still spreading."

"Today, in the government meeting, after consultations with epidemiologists and other specialists, the government took the decision to extend the state of emergency in the country until the twelfth of May," Kariņš said.

"That means we are not increasing the restrictions, but at the same time we are not softening them."

He also sent thanks to all frontline workers tackling the coronavirus epidemic as well as regular residents of the country, whom he said had displayed a "very responsible" attitude over the last four weeks that had resulted directly in the stabilization of the pandemic situation.

Businesses and media were also commended for continuing their work under often difficult circumstances.

Thanks to joint efforts we have come to a point, which compared to many other countries, is quite good, said Kariņš before making a special appeal for people not to take a more relaxed attitude over the upcoming Easter holidays and to continue to heed official instructions and recommendations in order to eventually exit the restrictions as quickly as possible.

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