Latvia has declared a state of emergency due to Covid-19 cases which have reached record levels, and vaccination of the population remains one of the lowest rates in the EU.
The number of daily infections now stands at over 1,000 in this Baltic country with a population of 1.9 million, a rate of pandemic spread higher than that recorded earlier this year.
Under the new rules, the use of the mask becomes mandatory in all buildings that are open to the public, and every public sector employee must be vaccinated by November 15th. People who are not vaccinated will not be allowed to enter supermarkets and only stores deemed necessary will be allowed to open on weekends.
“I urge you not to gather, not to visit each other and to reduce your physical contact,” Prime Minister Christian Carins wrote on Twitter.
Hospitals in Latvia are full of patients with Covid.
“We were forced not to accept other patients who have diagnoses that are not life-threatening. “Emergency medical teams can’t even answer all the calls,” Carlisle Rasenis, head of the Young Doctors Association, told a news conference earlier.
Only 48% of Latvians have been fully vaccinated against the disease, one of the lowest vaccination rates in the European Union after Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia.
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