Latvia enters hard lockdown due to coronavirus

Lockdown will operate in Latvia from October 21 to November 15 due to the spread of the coronavirus in the country, the Minister of Health of the Republic Daniels Pavluts said at a press conference.

“There will be a lockdown from October 21 to November 15,” he said (quoted by RIA Novosti).

Only shops and organizations that provide essential goods and services will be able to work during this period. All public events will be banned. Schoolchildren, except for students in grades 1-3, will be transferred to a remote mode.

In addition, a curfew is being introduced in Latvia. So, residents, regardless of whether they were vaccinated against COVID-19 or not, will not be able to leave their homes from 20:00 to 5:00.

Earlier, on October 11, a state of emergency was introduced in the republic for three months. However, as Pavluts said today, this helped to reduce the number of contacts between people by only 5-10%, so the coronavirus continued to spread “uncontrollably”. In view of this, today the head of the Ministry of Health called for a tough lockdown in the country to stop the increase in the incidence.

According to the Ministry of Health, 1253 new cases of coronavirus were detected in Latvia per day, seven patients with COVID-19 died. The total number of people infected during the pandemic in the country is 186,869. 2217 of them died.

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