"Home guards (volunteers of the public self-defense formation - ed.) and military personnel of the National Armed Forces will begin to provide support for hospitals on Thursday, November 4," - the statement states.
It is noted that in the 1st and 2nd hospitals of Riga, four home guards will help the staff transfer patients to beds, transport them for examination, and distribute food between them.
In the Riga East Clinical University Hospital 10 servicemen will help. Five of them will perform the duties of technicians on duty around the clock (transport, service and connect medical oxygen cylinders), and another five will perform various other auxiliary work in the hospital premises during the day.
Since last spring, the Latvian defense industry has joined the measures to contain the Covid-19 and overcome the crisis across the country. Consequently, it purchased personal protective equipment and disinfectants. The armed forces, in turn, were involved in providing the necessary material and technical support.
Due to the rapid disease of citizens with coronavirus disease, a lockdown has been introduced in Latvia since October 21, which will last until November 15. In the country, over the past day, 2,718 cases of coronavirus infection and 45 deaths have been recorded. In general, during the pandemic, 225,000 infections were registered in the country, 3 357 people died, 54% of the population were vaccinated.
As we reported, for the second week in a row, Europe remains the only region in the world with an increasing incidence of Covid-19, according to the World Health Organization.