Hospital situation in Latvia currently 'fragile but stable'

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The hospital situation with Covid-19 is currently relatively stable. It is unknown how long that will last as the number of Covid-19 cases detected has increased despite fewer tests, Latvian Radio reported January 3.

The number of vaccinations against Covid-19 was very small during the Christmas holidays, but data on the New Year's holiday have not yet been collected but it is known that fewer people got the shot than usual.

Meanwhile, morbidity rates have been rising in the past week. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) conceded that this could be the impact of the Christmas holiday.

“The data from last week show an increase of 30.2% in Latvia. Although we see a slight reduction in the number of tests, we see these cases of morbidity increasing. However, it shows that people are starting to get ill more. It is likely that in those cases which were discovered last week, the infection happened around Christmas time,” said Ilze Arāja, spokeswoman for the SPKC.

Meanwhile, in hospitals, the Covid-19 scene is still relatively calm at the moment: the number of patients is neither climbing nor falling.

“Nothing really changes, and there are no positive or negative trends at the moment [..] that the number of infected patients treated varies from 70 to 80 patients. We don't see any mass admission or fatal outcomes,” said Grigorijs Semjonovs, head of Daugavpils Hospital.

Pauls Stradiņš hospital's representative Janita Veisberga also confirmed that the patient number is unchanging and characterized the situation as fragile but stable.

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