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Not all hospitals ready for new coronavirus - Emergency Medical Service.

RIGA, Jan 28 (LETA) - Not all hospitals in Latvia are prepared to tackle the new coronavirus currently spreading in China, Liene Cipule, head of the Emergency Medical Service, told members of the Saeima Social and Labor Affairs Committee on Tuesday.

She said that in the event the new coronavirus is found in Latvia, the patient would be taken to Riga Eastern Clinical University Hospital (Eastern Hospital, RAKUS) where all the necessary safety measures would be taken to prevent the infection from spreading. A child with the coronavirus infection would be taken to Children's Clinical University Hospital (BKUS).

The head of the Emergency Medical Service did not identify the hospitals that are considered unprepared for admitting coronavirus patients. He added, though, that regional hospitals have been advised to stock up on additional protective materials, which will be provided in a week.

Cipule said that although there are still safety measures to be taken, it is clear that all the university hospitals are fully prepared for cases of coronavirus.

"Most importantly, it is necessary to detect the first case," Cipule said. Jurijs Perevoscikovs, head of the Center for Disease Prevention and Control, explained to lawmakers that in the event someone falls ill with the infection, it would be necessary to establish all the patients' contacts, including with people who might not be relatives or close persons to the patient.

While the virus has not yet reached Latvia, the Emergency Medical Service will be coordinating prevention efforts and the Center for Disease Prevention and Control has been tasked with informing the public, government and private organizations. Perevoscikovs confirmed that medical staff and institutions are informed about the safety measures that have to taken if the virus is found in Latvia.

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