An additional 4 cases of COVID-19 coronavirus were confirmed on Latvian territory March 16, raising the total number of cases from 30 on Sunday to 34.
The new figure was released by Health Minister Ilze Viņķele following talks with Predsident Egils Levits and Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš Monday morning.
March 13 saw a raft of sweeping measures introduced in an effort to keep coronavirus at bay as much as possible, with further measures including international travel restructions announced March 15, as previously reported by LSM.
The full rules and regulations are available to read online in English , and all members of the public are urged to read them and comply in a spirit of solidarity. Social interactions are to be reduced to a minimum and frequent and careful hand-washing is urged in a policy characterised as “social distancing”.
Relevant information in English is also available at the website of the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).
Meanwhile ERR News reports the reintroduction of border controls in Estonia where the government agreed at a Sunday e-session to reintroduce temporary border control at the Schengen internal border and surveillance at the national borders from Tuesday, March 17. The new measures only allow Estonians or residence permit holders to enter the country. Estonia currently has 171 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
In Lithuania, LRT News reports the number of confirmed cases has risen to 14 and border controls are also being imposed.