Hänķele: Latvia does not need to raise the self-isolation threshold

Latvia should not increase the threshold from which the country is subject to the requirement of self-isolation from 16 to 25 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, this position was expressed by the Minister of Health on Latvian Radio this morning. Ilze Ņķele (AP).

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The Minister recalled that after Ministry of Economy The issue has already been discussed in the government, but most ministers did not support the change, and the politician hopes that Latvia will not have to raise this indicator in the future.

In support of her position, the politician emphasized that the decision was between two scales – one is the hospitality sector, which accounts for about 2.5% of the country’s gross domestic product, and the other – the possibility of free movement within the country. Sheel believes that the weight cups in this case tend to favor the second choice.

Hänķele admitted that the pressure to make changes is significant, including from Latvia’s neighboring countries, however, the question is still relevant why Latvia should risk the possible infection of its members of society with Covid-19. If a neighbor’s house burns down, it is unlikely that you will reduce the security requirements in your house, speaking in parables, said the politician.

The Minister emphasized that increasing this indicator would increase the risk of infection with Covid-19, which in turn could lead to the imposition of various restrictions within the country, which would be “more traumatic for the economy”.

Instead of Ministry of Health today the government will present a proposal to reduce the term of self-isolation from 14 to 10 days.

The Minister of the Interior has the opposite opinion Sandis Ģirģens (KPV LV), which considers that the indicator should be increased from 16 to 25, as it is necessary to try to stimulate the economy and state income as much as possible in order to prevent the disproportionate growth of public debt and its servicing costs.

I do not dispute that there is a Covid-19, but there are alternative solutions – to require the use of masks, to perform tests at the border or to demand the results of the tests performed upon entry, the Minister of the Interior said.

Girgen repeatedly noted that the workload of the State Police in controlling the observance of Covid-19 self-isolation regulations has significantly increased.

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