Covid incidence stable in Latvia; flu infection spreads

While the number of infected and inpatient Covid-19 patients stabilized last week, the incidence of influenza is gradually increasing, the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) reported December 28.

Meanwhile, wastewater monitoring shows the prevalence of a new type of Covid-19 virus, HV.1, throughout the territory of Latvia.

The SPKC data for last week shows that Latvia is experiencing a stabilization in the number of Covid-19 cases. 276 new cases of Covid-19 have been laboratory confirmed (293 a week earlier), with a total of 850 (888 previously) laboratory tests performed. Last week, 218 Covid-19 patients were hospitalized (a week earlier 322, a fortnight ago 401).

The week before, there were 10 Covid-19 patients in patients with severe symptoms (a week before 8). 21 patient deaths were recorded (28 a week earlier).

20 of those who died were in the age group 60 years and over, and one death for a patient in the age group 35-39. In at least three cases, the primary diagnosis was Covid-19. Contracting Covid-19 often significantly exacerbates pre-existing chronic diseases that require hospitalization and can even lead to death, the SPKC said.

Meanwhile, wastewater monitoring data show the prevalence of a new type of SARS-Cov-2 virus, HV.1, throughout the territory of Latvia.

The new type is a derivation of the already known EG.5 (“Eris”) and is very similar to it.

Data from the monitoring of acute upper respiratory tract infections 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. 15 cases of influenza have been laboratory confirmed, of which type A influenza and, in nine cases, type B influenza were detected in six cases.

The proportion of positive tests of flu rose from 3.5 percent to 6.6 percent.

The highest incidence of influenza was recorded in the age group 0-4 years.


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