The Office of Latvian President has confirmed that a rapid COVID-19 test taken by the President Egils Levits after his return from a working visit to Sweden came out positive on Wednesday evening.
The development forced the President to postpone his scheduled meeting with Estonia’s new President, Alar Karis on Thursday, who is in Riga for his inaugural visit to the neighbouring Baltic state, his office said.
Karis is instead expected to meet with the Speaker of the Latvian Parliament, Inara Murniece.
In February, the 66-year-old Levits was one of the first people in Latvia to be vaccinated against the Coronavirus, receiving his jab on camera to encourage his 1.9 million compatriots to do the same.
In spite of his efforts, Latvia’s vaccination campaign is progressing very slowly and the infection rate has risen significantly in recent weeks.
The situation forced the government to declare a state of emergency on Monday that will remain in effect until January 11.