Covid-19 case count in Latvia grew by 72% last week

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During the last week, from August 30 to September 5, the number of Covid-19 cases detected increased by 72.6%, and the number of hospitalized patients by 58%, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC)'s information published September 6.

An average of 161 patients were treated at hospitals each day during the last week (111 the week before). Also, the number of severely suffering patients increased by 75%, with an average of 24 patients per day (the week before -15).

Of all tests carried out, 76% (169,489 tests) were involved in screening of educational establishments, while 24% (54,493 tests) were conducted for the rest of the population.

Of the positive cases of Covid-19, 13% (288 infected) were associated with the screening of educational establishments, while 87% (1911 infected) were the rest of the population. Thus, the huge increase in Covid-19 cases is not related to mass testing at schools.

An average of 31,997 tests per day (21,420 earlier), with an average of 314 new cases (182 earlier). A total of 2,199 new infections were detected in the last week.

Last week, morbidity continued to rise in all regions. The reproduction rate of Covid-19 infection (R) increased to 1.46 (last week 1.29), indicating a more intensive spread of infectious disease in the community.

1,770 or 80% of infected people had not been vaccinated against Covid-19 or had not yet completed the vaccination course, while 429 people, or 20%, had been vaccinated.

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