Covid morbidity climbed 15% last week in Latvia

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In the previous week, from January 30 to February 5, the average intensity of influenza in Latvia continued to decrease, while the incidence of Covid-19 increased by almost 15%, according to information from the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) February 8.

In the last week, a total of 375.0 cases of influenza per 100,000 inhabitants (previously 429.4) have been reported. The number of patients who have turned to ambulatory treatment facilities with acute upper respiratory tract infections was 1,544 patients or an average of 2,046.1 per 100,000 inhabitants (previously: 1,515 patients per 100,000 population).

Family doctors' practices recorded 283 clinical cases of influenza last week, most commonly reported in Daugavpils, Rīga, Jēkabpils, and Ventspils.

The highest incidence of influenza was recorded in children aged 5-14 years.

73 hospitalized patients with influenza were reported from hospital treatment facilities involved in the monitoring, most frequently in the age group 15-64.

Over the past week, the number of Covid-19 cases in Latvia increased by 14.9% compared to the previous week. 177 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed by laboratories. The number of tests performed has also increased by 22.7%, and the number of patients in hospitals has increased slightly.

The SPKC reported that according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), taking into account the situation in other countries and the experience to date, in the next one to two months, the type of SARS-CoV-2 omikron XBB.1.5 is expected to lead to a significant increase in the number of Covid-19 cases.


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