Latvia can have up to 1,000 beds for patients with infectious disease

The government has no plans to step up quarantine measures over the spread of Covid–19, said Health Minister Ilze Viņķele appearing on LTV’s  One on One  program March 17.

Viņķele stressed that conscientiousness is necessary to help prevent the spread of the virus. She also compared the current situation to the renewal of independence when everyone understood their historic role. “We achieved it together, both the politicians and the people,” she said.

“This situation is very similar. We can overcome this crisis together,” she said, adding that by practicing solidarity, conscientiousness and responsibility through the crisis Latvia will become a better and more democratic society.

Viņķele said that currently 120 infectology beds are available to coronavirus patients but this can be increased to 400 by reorganization and eventually boosted to a maximum of 1,000.

However, in the 1,000-bed scenario, many other patients would not have access to treatment.

“This is an argument that could motivate people to understand what their self-isolation can mean to their grandparents,” said Viņķele.

LSM.LV

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