Latvia imposes a month-long lockdown after a record of daily COVID-19 infections

The government of Latvia imposed a one-month prison sentence this Thursday after seeing a record of nearly 3,000 daily COVID-19 infections in the context of general public disinterest in being vaccinated against the disease.

“We will introduce a strict regime for four weeks,” said Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins, who justified the imprisonment by saying that the measure was aimed at “breaking the chains of infection” and reducing pressure on the health system. He also warned that the vaccination schedule against COVID-19 in Latvia needs to be accelerated.

Latvia imposes a month-long lockdown after a record of daily COVID-19 infections
Latvia imposes a month-long lockdown after a record of daily COVID-19 infections

The lockdown in Latvia, which will last until November 15, includes a number of restrictions and a night curfew. Only stores selling essential products can stay open, while catering companies can only sell groceries to take away or on the street.

According to the information gathered by the DPA news agency, events and social gatherings are prohibited and no one can leave the apartment between 8:00 p.m. (local time) and 5:00 a.m. without a valid reason. Most employees have to telework while students attend classes “online”.

Latvia currently has the highest COVID-19 infection rate in the European Union and the European Economic Area, according to data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) collected by the Latvian press. Specifically, the incidence is 1,256 cases per 100,000 population.

Just over half of the Latvian population has the full vaccination schedule against COVID-19. The government has been trying to increase the numbers for months, with little success.

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