October 14 (Hfrance.fr) - The president Latvian Egils Levits tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, his office said, prompting Finnish President Sauli Niinisto to have breakfast with him a day early to self-isolate.
The infection was discovered during a routine test after Levits visited Sweden on Wednesday for an intergovernmental forum, his office said.
Levits would continue to work remotely, but other items on his agenda have been canceled, including a visit by his Romanian counterpart this week and the Latvian President's visit to Kosovo and North Macedonia next week, his office announced.
The president was vaccinated with AstraZeneca's second shot in April, his spokesperson told the BNS news agency.
Latvia on Thursday confirmed 2,408 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 21 deaths, a record increase, BNS reported. Only 52% of Latvian adults are fully vaccinated, well below the European Union average of 75%, according to EU health figures.
LLatvia has reported 864 new cases per 10,000 population in two weeks to Sunday, the EU 's second worst result after neighboring Lithuania. Report by Andrius Sytas in Vilnius and 'Essi Lehto in Helsinki.
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