Latvian president tested positive for coronavirus after traveling to Sweden.

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Latvian President Egils Levits speaks with members of the media at the Malmo International Forum on the Memory of the Holocaust and the Fight against Anti-Semitism on October 13, 2021 in Malmo, Sweden.Via Jonas Extromer / TT News Agency / REUTERS

October 14, 2021

(Reuters) – Latvian President Egils Levits tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, his office said, and self-confessed to Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, who had breakfast with him the day before. Prompted for quarantine.

The infection was discovered during regular testing after Lewitz visited Sweden for an intergovernmental forum on Wednesday, his office said.

Lewitz will continue to work in remote areas, but other diary items such as this week’s Romanian visit and next week’s visit to Latvian President Kosovo and North Macedonia have been cancelled, his office said.

The president was vaccinated against AstraZeneca for the second time in April, a spokeswoman told BNS news agency.

Latvia confirmed 2,408 new coronavirus cases and 21 deaths on Thursday. The BNS reported that this was a record surge. According to EU health statistics, only 52% of adults in Latvia are fully vaccinated, well below the European Union average of 75%.

Latvia reported 864 new cases per 10,000 population in the two weeks to Sunday, the second worst result in the EU after neighboring Lithuania.

(Reported by Andrius Sytas of Vilnius and Essi Lehto of Helsinki.)

Latvian president tested positive for coronavirus after traveling to Sweden

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