Flu intensity goes up, Covid down in Latvia

In Latvia last week, from January 16 to January 22, the average intensity of influenza in Latvia increased. Nine deaths of Covid-19 patients were recorded during the week, according to information from the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).

Last week there were 502.9 cases of influenza per 100,000 inhabitants (the week before 417.2). The highest incidence of influenza was recorded in children aged 5 to 14 years.

Since the beginning of the flu season, the beginning of October 2022, 699 cases of influenza have been laboratory confirmed in Latvia and 2,619 clinically confirmed cases have been reported by family doctors.

A total of 865 patients with influenza have been hospitalized and 163 patients have flu-induced pneumonia. 40 deaths from the flu have been recorded. 19 were not vaccinated against the flu and for 21 the status was unknown. Most deaths were recorded in individuals over 60 years, suffering from a number of chronic illnesses.

177 Covid-19 cases were laboratory confirmed in Latvia last week (264 Covid-19 cases previously). Compared to a week earlier, the proportion of SARS-CoV-2 positive samples decreased by 2.8%.

A total of 91 reports have been received from the monitoring hospitals about hospitalized patients with Covid-19 infection (101 reports the week before). The reduction in newly identified Covid-19 cases is due to changes in the Covid-19 test algorithm.

Nine deaths of Covid-19 patients have been reported in the past week.

In order to minimize the risk of serious illness and death, vaccination against seasonal influenza and Covid-19 is recommended for all, but especially recommended for those who develop severe acute infections of the upper respiratory tract and who are at high risk of complications. 

Vaccination against influenza and Covid-19 may be administered at the same time.

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