October 14 (Reuters) – Latvian President Egils Levits tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, his office said, prompting Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, who had breakfast with him a day earlier, to isolate himself.
The infection was found 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 diary entries had been canceled, including a visit by his Romanian counterpart this week and the Latvian president’s visit to Kosovo and northern Macedonia next week, his office said.
The president was vaccinated with the second AstraZeneca shot in April, his spokeswoman told the BNS news agency.
Latvia confirmed 2,408 new coronavirus cases and 21 deaths on Thursday, a record high, BNS reported. Only 52% of Latvian adults are fully vaccinated, well below the EU average of 75%, according to EU health figures.
Latvia has reported 864 new cases per 10,000 inhabitants in two weeks to Sunday, the second worst result in the EU after neighbor Lithuania.
Reporting by Andrius Sytas in Vilnius and Essi Lehto in Helsinki.
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