Latvian authority urges residents to weigh travel even in 'Baltic bubble'

Estonian-Latvian border at Valga-Valka.
Estonian-Latvian border at Valga-Valka. Source: ERR

With the growing prevalence of COVID-19 in Lithuania and Estonia, the need to travel to these countries should be carefully considered, but if necessary, all precautions should be taken, Ilze Araja, a representative of the Latvian Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), told BNS.

Araja pointed out that in any case, the CDC recommends reconsidering the need to travel, because looking at the situation throughout Europe, the list of countries at risk continues to grow each week.

When returning to Latvia from countries where the cumulative incidence of COVID-19 in the last 14 days is more than 16 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, self-isolation must be maintained for two weeks. The list of these countries is updated by the CDC every Friday.

She admitted that the incidence is also increasing among Latvia's closest neighbors -- Lithuania and Estonia. Therefore, residents are invited to reconsider the need to go to these as countries as well and travel around Latvia instead.


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