Covid-19 incidence rate decreases slowly in Latvia

The number of people infected with Covid-19 in Latvia continues to decrease slowly for the second consecutive week, Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said February 22.

Compared to the previous week, the cumulative incidence rate has decreased by 1.9%. Latvia's 14-day cumulative rate per 100,000 inhabitants is 508.7 as of Monday.

Over the last seven days, a total of 66,173 tests have been performed in Latvia and the average positive test rate is 7.3% (a total of 98,325 tests seven days ago, a positive test rate of 7.2%).

The number of tests has decreased by 3.1% with an average of 9,453 daily tests (seven days ago – 9,761 daily tests).

A total of 4,813 new cases with Covid-19 were recorded last week, compared with 4,906 new cases seven days ago.

The reduction was observed in all regions (including Rīga), with the exception of Kurzeme, where there is a slight increase in infection rates.

In recent weeks there has been a slight increase in the incidence rate in the pediatric population (the highest incidence is observed in young people aged 15-19), while a slight decrease in the incidence among the elderly (over 65 years of age) has been observed.

The coefficient of reproduction of Covid-19 infection calculated by epidemiologists (R) in Latvia is currently 1 (0.92 a week ago). This means 100 other people are infected by 100 already ill.

The number of hospitalized Covid-19 patients has fallen by 16.2% over the past seven days – an average of 70 people daily were hospitalizsed. According to data from the National Health Service (NVD) on February 21, 819 Covid-19 patients are currently treated in hospitals, of which 740 people with a moderate course of disease and 79 patients with severe disease.

 

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