Latvia has announced a month-long lockdown as there has been an unprecedented surge of covid19 cases in the country. With this move, Latvia becomes the first European country to reimpose covid19 restrictions to prevent the further spread of coronavirus.
As per the reports, this country now has one of the highest rates of new covid cases after this was kept at bay for months.
Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins said that the country will go into lockdown till November 15 which will be complemented with strict measures as the pandemic continues to spread quickly and causing the hospitals to fill up with covid19 patients.
Latvia has managed to vaccinate half of its residents where the PM admitted that the government had failed to vaccinate its residents. The Prime Minister added, “There are many people, too many people, who are not vaccinated.”
Latvia has recorded around 190000 confirmed Coronavirus cases, and nearly 2900 deaths. Referring to this, the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control of Latvia stated that the country’s COVID-19 cases per 100000 population, now stands at 864, which is currently among the highest in the world.
A nationwide curfew will be in place till November 15 from 8 PM to 5 AM where most stores will be closed, meanwhile, sports and cultural events will not be held in the country.