Flu incidence grows in Latvia

The incidence of influenza in Latvia continued to increase gradually last week, while the incidence rate of Covid-19 stabilized, according to January 3 monitoring data from the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).

There is a slight decrease in the number of Covid-19 cases in Latvia. Laboratories confirmed 251 cases of Covid-19 (a week earlier 276). A total of 955 laboratory tests (850 before) have been conducted on the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Last week, 157 Covid-19 patients were hospitalized (218 a week earlier and 322 two weeks ago).

The week before, 11 patients (a week before 10) were treated in hospital with severe illness. The deaths of 21 Ciovid-19 patients in the age group “50 years and over” have been recorded. 

The SPKC monitoring data also show that the average influenza prevalence rate in Latvia increased last week, even though the influenza prevalence has not yet exceeded the epidemic threshold level.

16 cases of influenza have been laboratory confirmed where influenza type A has been detected for all samples.

Cases have been registered in Ventspils, Jūrmala, Jēkabpils, Jelgava, Daugavpils and Rīga. The highest incidence of influenza was recorded in the age group 0-4 years.

To reduce the risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death, vaccination against seasonal flu and Covid-19 is recommended for anyone but particularly recommended health risk groups for people who often get the illness in severe form and are at high risk of complications. The SPKC said that 107,790 residents have been vaccinated against influenza with the state-paid vaccine this season, while 31,892 have been vaccinated against Covid-19.

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