Health Minister and Education and Science Minister agreed to switch to school testing once every 14 days.
If the number of positive Covid-19 cases in society increases significantly, the frequency of testing may be revised again.
The first weeks of testing have allowed for the commencement of on-site learning and the prevention of outbreaks in 215 educational establishments and to assess more objectively the distribution of Covid-19 in Latvian municipalities. Testing more than 200,000 pupils and school employees has been a challenge for education institutions, children and their parents, as well as laboratories.
The previous school testing week revealed 295 Covid-19 positive cases, 13% of the total.
In order to make the testing process more convenient and operational for all parties involved, it is planned to gradually introduce a different testing method in schools, which involves testing samples from one class at a time. Such arrangements would reduce the costs.