Most people compliant with self-isolation rules in Latvia, police say

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State Police is in charge of supervising those in self-isolation after arriving from abroad. Some haven't been checked on at all, those who have are usually understanding, Latvian Radio reported September 11.

"I wasn't really checked much," said Lita Lūse, who had returned from France. "During the whole time in self-isolation, I was called once and asked whether I was self-isolating. I said yes, I was. They said, very good," said Lūse. Her four family members also were isolating, and were not checked on at all.

Agita Bistere, who has returned from Germany, is currently still self-isolating. Nobody had checked so far, she said.

State Police is responsible for carrying out checks. Allegedly, 500 to 600 phone calls and 100 visits at home are carried out daily.

Rīga Teika District Police Deputy Chief Aigo Gotovskis said the attitude of those in self-isolation varies. "There are people who understand this situation which is global. There are of course persons who are dissatisfied with disturbances but when explained that this is a requirement for everyone, they take it adequately."

Police officer from Talsi, Rūdis Akmeņkalējs, said that the count of daily checks depends on police workload and locations of people's residences. Before visiting, the police call to check whether the person  is at home.

"We don't go door to door without need. We call, they come to the window, wave, and we know they are there. If they don't answer, then we go to the door," said Akmeņkalējs.

He said he hadn't had any problems and people are normally kind, even happy someone has come to visit, offer coffee or have a chat. "Nobody has been angry, because everyone knows it has tot be like this and checks have to be done. They are prepared for this and wait," said Akmeņkalējs.

Self-isolation is mandatory for people returning from all countries where the incidence rate of COVID-19 exceeds 16 per 100,000 inhabitants. The list is updated every Friday.




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