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COVID-19 infection rates doubled in November in Latvia

In the last three weeks, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Latvia has increased by 96%, said Jurijs Perevoščikovs, epidemiologist of Disease Prevention and Control Center, on December 2.

The number of COVID-19 tests, however, has only increased by 10%.

Perevoščikovs said that in the last week, compared to the week before, the incidence of COVID-19 increased by 40%.

The proportion of positive tests which more accurately describes the spread of infection is varying, but it tends to grow. Over the past 7 days, it grew by about 2% and is on average 9%.

Perevoščikovs also said that on  average, 36 COVID-19 patients per day were hospitalized 4 weeks ago and 65 people in the last week, which is a very significant increase. And over the past 7 days, the average number of people in hospitals has increased by 26%.

223 COVID-19 beds were occupied in hospitals in early November and 516 in early December.

The fact that the situation is deteriorating is also indicated by the increasing number of areas affected heavily. That suggests the disease is spreading evenly, there isn't one epicenter which would account for of all cases, Perevoščikovs noted.

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