In view of the dramatically increasing number of corona infections, the lockdown has been in effect again in Latvia since Thursday.
Riga – Until November 15, only shops for daily needs will be open, cinemas, theaters and concert halls will also remain closed, restaurants are only allowed to offer take-away meals. Most employees have to work from home again, and most schools are switching back to distance learning. There is also a curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
The number of corona infections in the Baltic state had recently risen sharply again. According to calculations by the AFP news agency, the Baltic republic has a record rate of over 1,400 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within 14 days. At the same time, only just under half of the 1.9 million inhabitants are fully vaccinated – Latvia is one of the worst performers in the EU.
Meanwhile, hospitals have stopped treating people with cancer and other diseases. Instead, they focus on Covid patients who need intensive care.
A scientific advisory body recently announced that it would end its collaboration with the government. It complained that its advice had been ignored in the summer: it had found that there was “no demand for scientific expertise” from the cabinet.
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