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Hospitalized coronavirus patient numbers up 35% over past week in Latvia

Over the past week, the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals has increased by 35% compared to the first week of December, Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) epidemiologist Jurijs Perevoščikovs said at a press conference December 14.

SPKC information shows that the number of COVID-19 tests carried out in the last week increased by 12% compared to the first week of December. The target of at least 8,000 tests per day on average has been met.

The trend shows that the number of positive cases continues to rise, but, as Perevoščikovs said, this increase is insignificant. A total of 4338 Covid-19 cases were detected between November 30 and December 6, and 4362 last week.

Perevoščikovs said that there had been a significant increase in the number of hospitalized people. Compared to the first week of December, the number increased by 34.8%. Perevoščikovs explained that the increase was due to the rapid increase in the number of new cases three weeks ago.

At the same time, information from the SPKC indicates a the rapid spread of COVID-19 continues among medical practitioners. In the last two weeks, the second most frequent infection site for registered COVID-19 patients has been medical establishments.

Latvia is one of the six countries of the European Union, where there is a steady increase in infection rate. Others are Croatia, Finland, Cyprus, and neighboring Lithuania and Estonia. Latvia's 14-day cumulative incidence rate has exceeded the EU average.

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