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Latvia could raise self-isolation threshold for arrivals in Latvia

BC, Riga , 30.09.2020.Print version
Latvia could consider raising the threshold upon which persons arriving in Latvia from other countries have to self-isolate from 16 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 residents to 25 cases per 100,000 residents, Health Minister Ilze Vinkele (For Development/For) said at the government's meeting on Wednesday, cites LETA/BNS.

Taking into consideration the recent spike in new Covid-19 cases in Latvia, the fourteen-day cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in the country could exceed 16 cases per 100,000 residents this Friday, said Vinkele.


As a result, Latvia could raise the threshold, upon which persons arriving in Latvia from other countries have to self-isolate, from 16 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 residents to 25 cases per 100,000 residents, said the minister.


The minister also said that if the spread of Covid-19 could not be held in check, the threshold could further be raised to 50 cases per 100,000 residents, although epidemiologist Uga Dumpis objected that such a "leap" would be premature.


The Center for Disease Prevention and Control representative Jurijs Perevoscikovs added that if the said threshold was raised from 16 to 25 cases per 100,000 residents, persons arriving in Latvia from Liechtenstein, Cyprus and Finland would not have to self-isolate.






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