MFA raises Ebola alarm, proposes aid to African states

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Latvia should help the African countries now fighting the outbreak of the dreaded and deadly Ebola virus, Foreign Affairs minister Edgars Rinkevics told LTV news Rita panorama Friday, proposing a government grant of €50,000 to start.

The situation is getting increasingly critical, the nation’s chief diplomat said.

“As we read – already in Spain, cases confirmed in France. We must reckon with the fact that in today’s world with air travel, any moment in Latvia could bring the arrival of the virus from Africa, or now accidently from Europe as well. This is serious,” Rinkevics warned.

“It’s important that we do all that is possible to help them fight it in Africa, not just wait for it to come to us. And we can never tell at what moment it could happen in Latvia or Estonia,” he said.

He also promised to urge all responsible officials to prepare action plans for the contingency that the Ebola virus actually reaches Latvia.

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