Low flu incidence in Latvia; Covid hospitalizations grow

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In the previous week, from March 13 to March 19 , the average intensity of influenza increased slightly in Latvia, but is generally described as low. Meanwhile, in hospitals, the number of patients with Covid-19 increased by 30.9%, the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) reported on March 22.

In the previous week, 79.1 influenza cases per 100,000 inhabitants were recorded in Latvia; a week earlier it was 78.4.

Family doctors' practices recorded 57 clinical flu cases last week. The most cases of influenza were reported in Daugavpils, Rīga, and Valmiera.

The highest incidence of influenza has been reported in children up to 4 years.

23 hospitalized patients with influenza and 2 hospitalized patients with influenza-induced pneumonia were reported from hospital treatment facilities involved in the monitoring.

Over the past week, the number of Covid-19 cases in Latvia increased by 24.2% compared to the previous week. In the laboratory, 190 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed. The proportion of positive tests increased by 2.5%.

Compared to the previous week, the number of patients in hospitals with confirmed Covid-19 infection increased by 30.9%. 85 patients from hospitals involved in the monitoring were reported.

Seven Covid-19 patient deaths were recorded last week.

In order to reduce the risk of serious illness and death, vaccination against seasonal influenza and Covid-19 is recommended for all, but especially recommended for people with severe onset of acute upper respiratory infections and high risk of complications. Vaccination against influenza and Covid-19 may be administered at the same time.

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