On December 16, the chief infection specialist of the Latvian Ministry of Health, Ugo Dumpis, said that if the incidence of COVID-19 cannot be reduced, then the country will face a disaster.
He said that it is necessary to introduce new restrictions in the coming weeks to reduce the incidence rate.
“Only a lower incidence will protect the health care system and the economy from disaster,” Dumpis wrote on Twitter.
In mid-November, the Minister of Health of the Republic, Ilze Vinkele, announced that mass New Year celebrations in Latvia would not take place this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the same time, a month earlier, the Latvian government supported a bill developed by the Ministry of Justice, according to which a fine of up to €50 is provided for refusing to wear a protective mask in public places.
According to the Worldometer portal, as of December 16, 27.4 thousand cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Latvia, 382 patients died, 18.1 thousand people recovered.