Hospital situation could improve around Christmas in Latvia

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If the new restrictions are effective and the public is responsive, the number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals could be reduced by Christmas, Liene Cipule, Director of the Emergency Medical Service (NMPD), said in an interview to Latvian Radio October 11.

Cipule said that for at least a month the hospital situation would not get any better. “In the next two weeks, [we should be able to] hospitalize as many patients as we are doing now (..) Every day and week will come with an even more difficult job,” Cipule said.

Over the weekend, the NMPD has managed to reduce delays on high-priority calls because crews had 10% fewer calls to visit. This has been achieved by announcing an emergency in the medical sector that allows resources to be restructured. About 100 calls a day that aren't urgent are directed to advisers. They help people understand how to get help.

Rinalds Muciņš, Chair of the Stradiņš Hospital, said in an interview to Latvian Television that the exit from the Covid-19 crisis was vaccination, not restrictions. He forecast that if vaccination coverage doesn't rise, the situation in hospitals could improve only next year.


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