Covid incidence continues declining trend in Latvia

Over the past week, from 15 November to 21 November, the number of new cases of Covid-19 in Latvia fell by nearly a third (32.2%), continuing a month-long trend, the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) said November 22.

The number of hospital in-patients also decreased by 23.7% in the last seven days; an average of 119 people were admitted to hospitals for Covid-related reasons per day. The number of patients with severe forms of the disease also decreased by 14.2%.

An average of 8,465 tests were performed per day (previous week 13,523), and an average of 825 new cases were detected per day (previously 1,217).

Of all the tests performed, 18% (10,686 tests) were related to screening in educational institutions, while 82% (48,572 tests) were performed in the rest of the population.

Of the positive cases of Covid-19, 6% (353 infected) were related to educational screening and 94% (5,776 infected) to the general public.

The reproductive rate (R) for Covid-19 infection fell to 0.71 last week (0.75 a week earlier), indicating a reduction in the prevalence of infectious disease in the past week.

The decrease was observed in all age groups and in all regions of Latvia, however, higher morbidity rates remain in Latgale and Vidzeme.

Among last week's cases of Covid-19, 63% were among people who were either not vaccinated or not fully vaccinated. As the SPKC has repeatedly stressed, as the number of vaccinated people in the population increases, the overall incidence of infection in vaccinated individuals will increase. However, among vaccinated people, the disease is usually milder and less frequently requires hospitalization.

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