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    Widespread Covid-19 infection established at Riga homeless shelter - Vinkele

    RIGA, March 31 (LETA) - A widespread Covid-19 infection has been established at a Riga homeless shelter, Minister of Health Ilze Vinkele (For Development) informed today.

    Latvian Television reports that the disease was established in a homeless shelter operated by a religious organization, where at least 30 cases of Covid-19 has been confirmed.

    Earlier today, the director of the Latvian Association of Cities Viktors Valainis (Greens/Farmers) said that cities around the country are considerably concerned about the spread of Covid-19 within the homeless community, as there is not legislation in place for local governments to restrict the movement of such persons.

    "These people are not affected by administrative finbes because they have nothing and they cannot pay them, so they will not change their daily routine,'' said Valainis.

    Meanwhile, Artis Lapins, who is currently one of the representatives of the interim public administration Riga, said that he has already turned to the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry, as well as the Health Ministry, to help find a common solution to this problem, because ''it is a ticking time bomb''.

    Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry spokeswoman Ilze Osa said that the state should address this issue in partnership with municipalities, as they need to understand whether the local authorities have the means to house, isolate and provide medical assistance to these persons.

    • Published: 31.03.2020 14:47
    • Davis Sprogis, LETA
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