On Tuesday, the 5th of September, Latvia’s government supported the proposal to lift the Law on the Management of the Spread of Covid-19 Infection. However, the Ministry of Health has plans to preserve certain regulations in this law and integrate them into the Epidemiological Safety Law.
The transition rules of the Law on the Management of the Spread of Covid-19 Infection provide for maintaining this law for as long as there are epidemiological risks related to the possibility of the spread of Covid-19 infection. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released a statement on the lifting of the global state of emergency. Therefore there is reason to declare the aforementioned law null and void in Latvia.
THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH DOES BELIEVE IT NECESSARY TO MAINTAIN CERTAIN REGULATIONS IN PLACE.
Because there are still places around the world in which Covid-19 vaccination certificates can be requested, the ministry believes the option for Latvian residents to receive such certificates should be kept. That way residents will be able to present them on demand for travel and job-related purposes. Because of this, it is suggested to move those regulations to the Epidemiological Safety Law.
Regulations that apply to diagnosing and reporting Covid-19 infection cases remain applicable to ensure there are no problems with statistical information compiled for Covid-19.
At the same time, the Ministry of Health notes that with the lifting of the Law on the Management of the Spread of Covid-19 Infection, it is still necessary to ensure uninterrupted functioning of VIVAT (unified vaccination network), because it could still prove necessary in the event of repeated Covid-19 vaccination measures. This is especially important for the upcoming autumn, when a repeated Covid-19 outbreak is possible and vaccination for risk groups will be needed.
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