Covid-19 positive test rate grew slightly last week in Latvia

Despite a slight decrease in the number of newly identified cases of Covid-19, the risks of infection remain high, Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said February 1.

The cumulative rate of 14 days in Latvia per 100 thousand inhabitants is 563.2, while the European Union has an average of 421.

The incidence rate in the country should be under 200 per 100 thousand inhabitants (or not more than 270 new cases per day), in order to be able to talk about an improvement of the epidemiological situation and to reduce safety measures, said the SPKC.

In the last week, the number of newly identified cases decreased by 2.1% and an average of 748 cases per day were found (an average of 763 cases per day seven days ago).

Over the last seven days a total of 66 460 tests were conducted and the average positive test rate increased to 7.9% (a total of 70,101 tests seven days ago, a positive rate of 7.6%). The number of tests performed has decreased by 2,5%, with an average of 9,494 tests per day (10,014 seven days ago).

A total of 5,233 new infections with Covid-19 were recorded last week (5,344 seven days ago).

“A similar indicator was six weeks ago, or in mid-December. We have now returned to the level of infection we observed before Christmas and New Year. Soon after the holiday, the cumulative rate of 14 days increased sharply to almost 690, indicating that a part of the population did not comply with national security measures during the holidays, thereby contributing to an increase in the spread of infection,” said Jurijs Perevoščikovs, epidemiologist at the SPKC.

The factor of reproduction of the Covid-19 infection calculated by epidemiologists, which is currently 0.99 in Latvia, has increased slightly.

That means 99 other people are infected by 100 already sick people (a week ago the ratio was 0.91). In Riga, this figure is even higher – 1.01.

If we want to reduce infection and return to normal life, each of us must be aware of our co-responsibility and use the face mask correctly (cover both nose and chin), keep distance of each other in shops and public places and refrain from meeting people outside household, the SPKC stresses.

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