Flu continues to spread in Latvia

The incidence of influenza continued to rise over the past week, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) data published on January 24.

Last week, a total of 814 patients had approached general practitioners with acute symptoms of upper respiratory infection, 185 of whom were diagnosed with “influenza” based on a typical clinical picture.

A week ago, 111 patients had been diagnosed, and two weeks earlier 56.

The highest incidence was recorded in the 0-4 age group last week.

Last week, 29 cases of influenza were laboratory confirmed, with 28 cases of influenza type A and 1 case of influenza type B.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been 5 reported dead who have been laboratory-confirmed to have contracted influenza. All of the dead were in the over-70 s age group, had multiple side ailments and none had been vaccinated for the flu.

There is a slight decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases in Latvia – 96 cases of Covid-19 have been laboratory confirmed (a week ago 112), and 727 (previously 777) laboratory tests have been performed.

The number of inpatient Covid-19 patients has fallen to 84 (118 a week earlier).

9 deaths of Covid-19 patients were recorded (a week earlier - 23) in the age group “60 years and over.” In at least 5 cases, Covid-19 was the primary diagnosis.

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