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Latvian president tested positive for coronavirus after Sweden trip

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Oct 14 (Reuters) – Latvian President Egils Levits tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, his workplace mentioned, prompting Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto who had breakfast with him a day earlier to self-isolate.

The an infection was discovered throughout a routine check after Levits visited Sweden on Wednesday for an inter-governmental discussion board, his workplace mentioned.

Levits would proceed to work remotely however different diary objects had been cancelled, together with a go to by his Romanian counterpart this week and the Latvian president’s go to to Kosovo and North Macedonia subsequent week, his workplace mentioned.

The president was vaccinated with second AstraZeneca shot in April, his spokeswoman advised BNS news company.

Latvia confirmed 2,408 new novel coronavirus instances and 21 deaths on Thursday, a document surge, BNS reported. Only 52% of Latvian adults are absolutely vaccinated, properly beneath European Union common of 75%, EU well being figures present.

Latvia has reported 864 new instances per 10,000 inhabitants in two weeks till Sunday, second-worst lead to EU after neighbour Lithuania.

Reporting by Andrius Sytas in Vilnius and Essi Lehto in Helsinki.

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