50 people a day hospitalized with Covid in Latvia

According to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), last week, the same number of people were admitted to hospitals daily as last week, and the Omicron strain is spreading.

Similar to the previous week, more than 50 patients a day (an average of 51, the week before 53) are hospitalized with Covid-19. SPKC said that there are still large numbers of patients with severe symptoms (a slight decrease of 4.8%).

From December 20 to December 26, the number of newly identified cases of Covid-19 decreased by 17.4%. The reduction is attributable to less testing due to both school holidays and national holidays.

Last week, on average, 6,760 tests were carried out per day (the week before 9780), while an average of 613 new cases were detected per day (742 the week before). Of all tests conducted, 8% (3,853 tests) involved screening of educational establishments, while 92% (43,466 tests) were in the rest of the population. Of the positive cases of Covid-19, 4% (190 infected) were associated with the screening of educational establishments, while 96% (4,292 infected) were in the rest of the population.

Covid-19 infection was found 1.8 times more frequently in unvaccinated and partially vaccinated people in Latvia than fully vaccinated (per 100,000 inhabitants).

164 cases of variant SARS-CoV-2 Omicron have been detected in Latvia until December 26. A total of 101 cases (most cases imported from Britain (26), Denmark (12), USA (11), United Arab Emirates (8), Spain (8), France (6), Sweden (5), as well as from Italy, Estonia, Ireland, Kenya, Malta, Nigeria, Norway, Portugal, Finland, and Germany.

There have been 26 secondary cases (infected contact persons), while 37 are local cases without epidemiological links to arrivals. 74% of the infected were vaccinated and 91% of the infected had symptoms.

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