In the opinion of the Ministry of Health, it is important to introduce restrictions in a timely manner, because when reaching an uncontrollably high level of illness, the decline in morbidity occurs slowly, resulting in even greater economic and social losses. It is therefore called for the timely introduction of comprehensive, simple, sector-wide safety measures, with an early cessation of disease growth, anticipation of disease decline and comprehensive deregulation, thus allowing the public to function in a minimum restraint regime.
In order to prepare in a timely and comprehensive manner for the increase in morbidity in the autumn, Bērziņš outlined a total of ten tasks to be performed. These include achieving the widest possible vaccination coverage and providing the necessary testing capacity. The tasks also provide for sectors to develop and develop epidemiological safety measures and to develop contingency plans.
Tasks also include the introduction of security requirements and the improvement of control measures, investment in infrastructure and activities that increase epidemiological security, and the development of epidemiological surveillance of persons in self-isolation and quarantine. At the same time, preparations for booster vaccination, provision of support measures for vulnerable groups and streamlining, improvement and simplification of the existing epidemiological safety framework have been identified as one of the tasks.
It is also planned to adopt a multi-mode approach in the autumn. Thus, in the case of a low risk of spreading Covid-19 (up to 20 cases), in the presence of low morbidity, it will be possible to organize the activity more in a precarious manner, ie without requiring those present to be vaccinated, ill or tested. With a low risk, only the basic epidemiological safety requirements are maintained – distance, indoor use of mouth and nose shields in large numbers of people where it is not possible to keep a distance of two meters, provision of ventilation and restrictions on assembly.
In the case of a medium risk of Covid-19 transmission (20 to 99 cases), the provision of activities and services takes place mainly within a safe and semi-safe regime. At medium prevalence risk, more stringent safety requirements are introduced for basic epidemiological safety measures for those working in semi-safe and unsafe modes of operation – sectoral operations are carried out in accordance with sectoral epidemiological safety protocols.
Even in the case of a high risk of Covid-19 transmission (100 to 199 cases), the provision of activities and services takes place mainly within a safe and semi-safe regime. At this level of spread risk, in addition to the epidemiological safety measures mentioned above, more stringent safety requirements are introduced in semi-safe and unsafe modes of operation. Restrictions on face-to-face activities would also be introduced to reduce public mobility, facilitate teleworking and provide remote services.
On the other hand, in a situation of very high risk of Covid-19 spread (more than 200 cases), reaching this level, measures would be introduced to rapidly and widely reduce the mobility of the population in order to stop the rapid spread of Covid-19 in time. In this case, the “D + scenario” created by the government in the spring would be implemented.
According to Bērziņš, at a very high level of prevalence of Covid-19, decisions should also be made on the provision of services of less importance to society, suspension or reduction of the provision of services, introduction of teleworking and remote services and provision of only essential services. Thus, only service providers in safe operation mode, as well as services for basic needs – public transport, grocery and basic necessities stores, pharmacies and medical institutions – can work in person at this level of risk.
Based on the prevalence of the SARS-CoV-2 strain and using modeling predictions, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control forecasts that this option will be 70% in the European Union and the European Economic Area in early August and 90% at the end of the year. cases.
It has already been reported that the prevalence of the Indian or “delta” variant of Covid-19 in Latvia has doubled during the week, according to Sergey Nikishin, the head of the National Reference Laboratory, said at a government meeting on Tuesday.
Last week, nearly 200 positive Covid-19 test samples were sequenced, which is almost half of all Covid-19 cases detected, the specialist said. In the samples sequenced at the Latvian Biomedical Research and Study Center, the Indian or “delta” variant was detected in 29% of cases. One week ago, the delta variant was detected in 15% of samples.
Source: Diena.lv by www.diena.lv.
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