Covid-19 morbidity dropped steadily last week in Latvia

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The number of people infected with Covid-19 continues to decrease in Latvia, according to information published by Disease Prevention and Control Center March 15.

Last week the incidence decreased by 16.8% and an average of 493 new infections per day were detected.

The number of tests performed increased to a total of 9, 921, with an average positive test rate of 3.8% (a total of 81,179 tests seven days ago, a positive test rate of 5.1%). The number of tests performed has increased by 12.1% over the week, with an average of 12,989 tests per day. A total of 3,450 new Covid-19 infections have been recorded in the last week.

In all regions of Latvia and all age groups there is a reduction in morbidity, including among children.

The coefficient of reproduction (R) of Covid-19 infection calculated by epidemiologists is currently 0.90 in Latvia, which means that 90 other people are infected by 100 ill people.

However, when assessing the overall situation and monitoring the detection and distribution of the new types of Covid-19 in Latvia, it appears that the epidemiological situation does not allow for hasty decisions. The reduction in morbidity is the result of the epidemiological security measures previously introduced, while the increase in the prevalence of new virus types and the reduction of safety measures may contribute to a rapid increase in morbidity, the SPKC warned.

In at least 18 European countries, the incidence is increasing including neighboring Estonia, while on average in 10 countries it is assessed as stable, said the SPKC.

The SPKC's recommendations on travel remain unchanged – to carefully assess all risks and not to travel outside Latvia on unnecessary trips. 

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