23 Covid deaths in Latvia last week

The incidence of Covid-19 continued to rise in Latvia last week. The number of both inpatient and deceased patients increased, according to monitoring data from the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) published December 6.

The SPKC said 329 cases of Covid-19 had been laboratory-confirmed last week (a week earlier 270). A total of 962 (previously 740) laboratory tests have been conducted for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The number of hospitalized patients continues to increase – 307 patients were hospitalized last week, 272 a week earlier.

In the previous week, there were 12 patients in hospitals with severe symptoms (9 before). 23 deaths of COVID-19 patients have been recorded (18 a week earlier).

The patients who died were in the age group “30 years and over.” In at least six cases, the primary diagnosis was COVID-19. Contracting Covid-19 often significantly exacerbates pre-existing chronic diseases that require hospitalization and can lead to death.

The average influenza prevalence rate in Latvia remained low last week, however, there has been a slight increase since week 40, when monitoring was started this year.

Nearly 95,000 residents have been vaccinated against influenza with the state-paid vaccine this season, and nearly 25,000 against Covid-19.

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