Declares a state of emergency for the restriction of Covid-19 from 9 November- strict restrictions

Declares a state of emergency for the restriction of Covid-19 from 9 November- strict restrictions

Declares a state of emergency for the restriction of Covid-19 from 9 November- strict restrictions

On Friday, November 6, during almost the entire working day of the Cabinet of Ministers Extraordinary and Crisis Management Council, considering a number of issues related to limiting the spread of Covid-19, the Cabinet of Ministers adopted an order to declare a state of emergency from Monday, November 9.

The government has decided to declare a state of emergency throughout the country for four weeks, from 9 November to 6 December. The text of the order of the Cabinet of Ministers is available here. Although the formal strict restrictions will only take effect in a few days, members of the government called at the press conference after the meeting not to see the weekend as an opportunity to enjoy the existing opportunities, but to start reducing their contacts and gatherings as soon as possible. Although various politicians in the ruling coalition have publicly expressed some doubts about the need to declare a state of emergency in anticipation of the government's decision, the ministers' decision was unanimous after hearing experts and discussing them in public. At the press conference after the joint meeting, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (JV) emphasized that "our country is very crucial at the moment, because the Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread in our country. Every day a new record. We see that hospitals are getting more and more busy. We see that, unfortunately, more and more people are dying from the disease ". "The health and lives of every human being are very important to our government. Today, at an extraordinary meeting, the government once again listened to health professionals and heard a very clear message from them. If we do not act immediately and decisively, we risk losing control of this outbreak." In fact, after hearing experts and debating with each other, the government today unanimously decided to declare a state of emergency in the country for four weeks from 9 November. opportunities, because, in contact with each other, this disease can jump from one person to another, "said Kariņš. Referring to the restrictions imposed by the government as a result of the emergency, the Prime Minister said that the government is aware of their economic consequences, so today the government also heard a report from the Economic Support Group chaired by Finance Minister John Reir (JV) affected companies and people. Now that it is absolutely clear that there will be an emergency and severe restrictions, mechanisms can be finalized well before the funds are disbursed, the head of government explained. Kariņš called on the public to participate and, emphasizing that although the restrictions would formally take effect from Monday, he called for restrictions on contact with other people and friends to be restricted tonight. "We encourage and want people to enjoy the outdoors, but we don't want people to gather. We continue to act on the principle - home, work, fresh air - and we continue to follow safety everywhere - two meters away, hand washing, face masks in certain places, "the Prime Minister emphasized. Asked by journalists why the government had not decided to close the border, as it did during the emergency in the spring and called for by the National Union, Karin said the government had listened to epidemiologists and agreed to continue examining other restrictions, but now the most important thing was to limit , as they have the highest risk of disease. The Prime Minister reminded that now everyone who comes to Latvia from countries where the two-week cumulative morbidity rate per 100 thousand is over 50 will have to observe self-isolation, as such a limit has now been set by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control. "We no longer have free border crossings, because we have a system that people have to observe self-isolation, and we have a monitoring mechanism, and that already in a way limits border crossings," Kariņš emphasized.

Why introduced and how to get out The Minister of Health Ilze Hänķele (AP) explained the nature of the restrictions adopted by the government as aimed at reducing the number of contacts with the population, which is the most effective mechanism for reducing the spread of the virus. "Therefore, the restrictions are aimed at places, activities and events where there are more opportunities for people to contact and gather," the minister said, adding that some of the new restrictions are the same ones that the public observed very successfully in the spring during the first emergency. "Some of them have been modified, taking into account the experience we gained in the spring and paying attention to the fact that in these very difficult times we can maintain the possibilities of psychological resilience for people, while maintaining a certain amount of contacts in a safe way," explained. "I would like to emphasize that if we adhere to these established limits, then the hope that the stabilization and fall of the infection curve is possible is high enough, but it certainly depends on the cooperation of all of us," said Nike, thanking that The Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance have heard the need, in addition to restrictions, to provide support mechanisms for companies and employees who will be affected by the implementation of these security measures. Asked by the Delfi portal what criteria the government will use to decide whether to extend or end the emergency, Vickele said that the dynamics of the infection curve and the severity of the situation are assessed by several parameters - number of infections, positive tests, number of tests, hospitalized patients and the number of people in severe need of intensive care, including lung ventilation. "The combination of all these parameters will also determine whether we will see the effectiveness of the new, stricter restrictions. In the phases, it is stabilization and a decrease in the number of infections," said Vickele. The Minister emphasized that today the SPKC has revised the self-isolation threshold of up to 50 per 100,000 immigrants from abroad, which is much stricter than before, when it was adjusted to the Latvian indicator, which has already exceeded one hundred. "This is the goal that should be achieved," the minister said. Yuri Perevoshchikov, director of the Department of Infectious Diseases and Prevention of the SPKC, explained that there are standard values ​​that must be strictly observed. "Although Latvia still has one of the lowest levels of Covid-19 in the European Union, we also take into account the situation with hospitalizations, which is very important. We see that the first critical level of hospitalizations has already been reached. We can visit each other's hospitals. In fact, when it comes to emergencies, there is already an emergency situation in these particular hospitals, and our aim is to prevent such situations from happening elsewhere, and the main variables we are analyzing are, of course, morbidity and the number of positive tests. "It is also important how many people cannot identify their source of infection in cases where it is not at home, at work, at school. If the maximum is reached and then a positive trend that the indicators decrease, it will indicate that the measures are working effectively," Perevoschikov explained. At a press conference, the Minister of Justice Jānis Bordāns (JKP) emphasized that when we talk about bans and bans on people's freedom of action, we are talking about constitutional restrictions on human rights. "It is often forgotten in crisis situations, and it was my duty to remind you. Yes, we see real health and safety threats, but we must first understand whether we are violating any constitutional human rights, and if we are violating it, it is very important to measure human rights precisely. In my opinion, we did a great job in today 's government and team, "said the Minister of Justice. Bordāns acknowledged that when declaring a state of emergency, "we first really considered the question of whether it is necessary to talk about an emergency situation or a situation when we can apply restrictions only with the help of the Saeima. So the key word in an emergency is regulation The issue of efficiency, the efficiency of decision-making and the creation of a simpler management system: at critical times, unfortunately, this is often necessary in government, and this is one of the issues we have decided, and secondly, we would have chosen the lightest necessary measures ".

"It is not said that everything is forbidden to business and people. If we compare the level of restrictions with other European countries, then we have acted very proportionately and cautiously. Hopefully, these restrictions will suffice. responsibility, because there is another party in every society - each individual member of society.It is up to people to be able to mobilize on their own that the duration of such restrictions and emergencies will depend.It would invite all political, decision-making leaders, judges, police and business leaders to wear "To set a good example and demand that others act in accordance with the law. So far, we have not been able to mobilize and comply with the existing restrictions, and perhaps that is why we have come to the need to implement an emergency situation," Bordans emphasized. What restrictions are in place Taking into account the epidemiologists' assessment of the growing risks of Covid-19 spread, an emergency situation is declared in Latvia from November 9 to December 6, imposing strict health security measures, while guaranteeing respect for fundamental rights and access to basic needs, Delfi informed the Cabinet . From next week, the population will have access to those face-to-face services that are especially important for a healthy and safe life and whose availability is not urgent. Understanding the impact of emergency measures on the economy and society as a whole, work is under way to develop support mechanisms for employers, workers and those groups most affected by measures to control the spread of the virus. At the joint meeting of the Extraordinary and Crisis Management Council of the Cabinet of Ministers, it was decided that from November 9, the residents will have access to those face-to-face services that are especially important for a healthy and safe life and whose availability is not urgent. Gathering, entertainment, recreation, sports and catering Public events in person (eg theaters, concerts) are abolished and banned. No more than 10 people and no more than two households can gather at private events at the same time. Up to 50 people can gather outside for meetings, processions and pickets. More than two households can attend the funeral, up to a maximum of 10 people (excluding people who provide the funeral). There are no entertainment events such as discos. There are indoor game halls and bars, as well as ice rinks, children's parties, amusement and theme centers, trampoline parks, children's playgrounds and babysitting rooms (including shopping malls). There are also water entertainment and amusement centers, saunas and spas. Nature trails are available for individual recreation and there are also museums, exhibitions, libraries and other cultural sites. There are no events in these places. There are no sports events - competitions, demonstrations, shows, etc. No more than 10 people, excluding coaches, gather outside in sports training. Changing rooms must not be used. Indoors can only be trained individually - a coach and one client or a coach and people from the same household. Per person is not less than 10 square meters of the total indoor area. Opening hours for sports venues and sports clubs are until 22:00. In addition to the spectators, there are sports competitions for adult national team athletes included in the calendar of sports competitions of the International Olympic Sports Federations and sports competitions for international and top leagues of team sports games, in which only adult professional athletes participate. Catering establishments may serve food only for pick-up, except in educational institutions, workplaces and at the airport "Riga". Availability of services, points of sale and opening hours In state and municipal institutions, services are provided remotely or by appointment. There are no beauty, piercing and tattoo service providers, but hairdressing services are available by prior arrangement and within a distance of 2 meters between clients. On weekends and public holidays, shopping centers are open only to grocery stores, pharmacies, veterinary pharmacies, animal feed stores, bookstores, press outlets, optical stores, hygiene and household goods stores, telecommunications goods service points. Retail outlets must provide 10 square meters per visitor and wear a mask. The mask should also be worn in the open market area and street sales outlets. Shopping centers - buildings that are equipped for permanent and systematic trade with a total sales area of ​​at least 10,000 square meters or in which at least 10 trade participants or service providers operate in separate sales outlets. From 6.00 to 20.00, working hours are shortened for places for cultural events (can only be visited individually) and for exhibitions, churches, etc. religious sites.

Education and regulation in other sectors The on-site learning process takes place on 1-6. classes. There are pre-school education, special education institutions and kindergartens. Distance learning 7-12. classes, as well as students and adults in professional development and further education, except for practical classes. There are no children's camps, interest education, vocational education programs and rehearsals for amateur arts and other artistic groups in person, except for individual lessons and if people come from the same household. Additional regulation during an emergency situation is also the organization of legal proceedings, the work of orphans' courts, social care institutions and social service providers that provide social services with full or partial accommodation, prisons, overtime work, etc. The order adopted by the government stipulates that the Crisis Management Council and the Ministry of Health are the institutions responsible for coordinating the activities during an emergency situation. This is the second time that a state of emergency has been declared in the country to limit the spread of Covid-19, as it was declared for the first time from March 12 to June 9.

What does an emergency mean The Law "On Emergency and Emergency" provides that an emergency situation is a special legal regime, during which the Cabinet of Ministers has the right to restrict the rights and freedoms of state administration and local government institutions, natural and legal persons, as well as impose additional responsibilities. A state of emergency may be declared in the event of a national threat related to a disaster, its threat or critical infrastructure, where the security of the state, society, the environment, economic activity or human health and life is seriously endangered. The Cabinet of Ministers declares a state of emergency for a definite period of time, but not longer than three months. The Cabinet shall revoke the decision regarding the declaration of a state of emergency before the specified time if the threat to the state has been prevented or overcome. The Cabinet shall notify the Presidium of the Saeima of the decision on the lifting of the emergency situation. Depending on the type, intensity and nature of the state threat, as well as when the size of the endangered territory changes, the Cabinet of Ministers shall make appropriate amendments to the decision on the emergency situation. The Cabinet of Ministers has the right, if necessary, to extend the declared emergency situation for a period not exceeding three months. The declaration of an emergency situation may be requested by the Crisis Management Council, the ministry responsible for the sector, the municipal council. The Cabinet shall notify the Presidium of the Saeima within 24 hours after its adoption of the decision regarding the emergency situation or amendments to the decision regarding the emergency situation, if additional territorial or legal restrictions are required, as well as regarding the extension of the declared emergency situation. The Presidium of the Saeima shall immediately include the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers on the emergency situation or on such amendments to the decision on the emergency situation which determine additional territorial or legal restrictions, as well as on the extension of the declared emergency situation. If, when considering the decision referred to in this Section, the Saeima rejects it, the relevant decision shall become invalid and the measures introduced in accordance with it shall be immediately revoked. Latest prevalence data It has already been reported that 7,018 Covid-19 tests have been performed in the last day, 357 new cases have been registered, as well as seven deaths, according to information compiled by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC). Five deaths were in the age group of 80 to 95 years, but one - in the age group of 45 to 50 years and from 65 to 70 years. The proportion of positive cases compared to those tested last day was 5.1%. According to the SPKC, this indicator is important because, taking into account the European Union, exceeding 4%, the spread of the disease in the country is considered to be uncontrolled and rapid. In Latvia, a total of 7476 people became ill and 1444 recovered. To date, 95 deaths have been reported in people who have been confirmed to be infected with Covid-19. According to the information gathered by the National Health Service, 34 Covid-19 patients were hospitalized in Latvian hospitals during the day. A total of 258 patients are treated in hospitals - 247 with a moderate course of the disease, 11 with a severe course of the disease. A total of 537 patients were discharged from the hospital. The number of patients discharged from hospitals during the day has increased by 18.