Covid and flu patient numbers in hospitals grow

The spread of Covid-19 is seasonally increasing in Latvia, with more and more patients also ending up in hospitals. Similarly, circulation of type A influenza virus has started and the intensity of flu spread is slightly increasing, according to last week's monitoring data of the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).

SPKC said on November 8 that 183 new Covid-19 cases had been recorded in the laboratory last week, up 45 from the previous week.

615 laboratory tests were carried out during the week (486 a week earlier). The proportion of positive tests remained on average high – 29.8% (28.4% a week ago). This suggests that the Covid-19 infection remains dominant among other upper respiratory tract infections.

For the second week in a row, the number of patients infected with SARS-Cov-2 in hospitals continued to increase. If the number of patients with Covid-19 infection averaged 76 per week in October (October 2-22), then 213 patients had SARS-CoV-2 virus in the previous week (154 a week earlier). Among them are patients who have become infected in hospitals while being treated for other illnesses.

Previously, a similar number of inpatient patients with Covid-19 infection were recorded at the beginning of this year.

Seven deaths were recorded in Covid-19 patients (a week earlier - 11) in the 50-90+ year age group, of whom Covid-19 was set as a primary diagnosis in three patients.

Continuing the monitoring of acute respiratory infections, the average influenza prevalence rate in Latvia increased slightly in the previous week. The practice of general practitioners recorded 11 clinical influenza cases or an average of 15.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants (11.3 per 100,000 inhabitants in the previous week).

Most cases of influenza have been recorded in Ventspils, Daugavpils and Rīga. The highest incidence was recorded in the age group 0-4 years.

Last week, 97 patients were tested for flu, 6 (6.2%) tested positive, 4 cases for type A flu. RAKUS National Reference Laboratory for Microbiology, meanwhile, confirmed the Type A influenza virus in two samples.

This season, 59,000 residents have been vaccinated against the flu but 11,000 have been vaccinated against Covid-19. Both vaccines can be received at the same time.

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