Latvian medics will prepare for protests if they do not get 30% pay rise

It is not yet clear how realistic it is to achieve a 30 percent pay rise for medics next year, but if it does not happen, the health sector will prepare for protests, Karlis Racenis, chairman of the Latvian Junior Doctors Association, said on August 20. “This is how we see it – the law comes into force next year. We do not believe that it should be changed and we are waiting for the 30 percent salary increase as promised,” Racenis said. In his words, if this pay increase is secured, it will be possible to discuss new goals, including a new pay system.

BesidesLatvia records 12 new Covid-19 cases; two thirds of them are contacts of known coronavirus patients

Of the 1,777 people tested for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours 12 have been diagnosed with the coronavirus infection, the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) informed Friday.

According to CDC information, eight of the new cases are contacts of already known Covid-19 patients, three have returned from Ukraine, and the investigation of one case is ongoing.

The latest Covid-19 infections detected in Latvia in the past 24 hours have increased the number of active cases in Riga by four to 61. Two new cases have been reported in Kraslava Region, which now has nine active cases, and the number of active cases in Aglona Region has risen by one to seven. The number of active Covid-19 cases in Daugavpils has grown to six.

Of the 250,709 Covid-19 tests carried out in Latvia so far, 1,393 tests have come back positive. As many as 1,163 people have recovered from Covid-19 and 34 patients have died.

According to the National Health Service’s data, no Covid-19 patients have been hospitalized over the past 24 hours. At present, there are four Covid-19 patients being treated in hospital, including three with symptoms of moderate severity and one with severe symptoms.

Altogether 205 Covid-19 patients have been discharged from hospitals, but this figure includes both recoveries and deaths.

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