Dumpis: Omicron strain will likely bring a new wave of infection in Latvia

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The Omicron strain of Covid-19 is likely to cause a new wave of morbidity in Latvia, infectologist Professor Uga Dumpis told LETA December 20.

Dumpis explained that “the size of the wave” will depend to a large extent on what restrictions will be imposed and how the situation with primary and booster vaccination will be.

"The situation in hospitals and mortality will continue to depend mostly on the level of vaccination. A reminder that, in the context of the Omicron, the booster vaccine should be considered absolutely necessary after a certain period of time," the infectologist said.

Health Minister Daniels Pavluts said that, in view of the expected rapid infection with the Omicron, up to 3,000 infections daily may be detected in Latvia in early January next year.

"The Omicron, more contagious than the Delta, is spreading at a huge speed, doubling the number of sick people every two to three days rather than weeks. The countries of Western Europe are “closing” one by one," said Pavļuts, stressing that it is clear that a wave will also reach Latvia in the coming days, but it cannot be said how severe it will be.

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