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Canada/Canadian-Media: A number of Canadian military members deployed in Latvia have tested positive for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, said the Department of National Defence.
Latvian Armed Forces. Image credit: Wikipedia
According to a statement, military officials did not release specific numbers, citing operational security.
Only a handful Canadians attached to the mission have been infected, said defence sources.
An unknown number of soldiers from other nations participating in the Canadian-led battle group have contracted COVID-19 at Camp Adazi outside of the capital Riga.
Canadians and other NATO allies were reassured by the Latvian government that outbreak is under control and all soldiers are being well cared for.
Latvia's ambassador to Canada, Karlis Eihenbaums said his country already had health infrastructure in place at the camp before the first cases were reported and his government remains confident the situation is being managed well and added,
"With this type of virus it was expected and we took preventative measures, already, some time ago."
"The affected members are currently in isolation or quarantine — isolation is for members who either test positive or display symptoms of COVID-19, and quarantine is a preventive measure for members who were in contact with people suspected or confirmed to have contracted the disease, but do not show symptoms themselves," said the statement.
"As a host nation, we have a very important and responsible task to take good care of all allies who are serving on our soil," said Eihenbaums in an interview, CBC news reported.