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Hospitals might soon have 1,000 COVID patients, says epidemiologist

Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) epidemiologist Jurijs Perevoščikovs told Latvian Television December 17 that with the current rate, there will be 1,000 COVID-19 patients in hospitals in a week or two.

He said that the number of COVID-19 infected persons continues to grow gradually and that the limits imposed so far have not helped to stop it.

Currently, on average, more than 90 patients are admitted to hospitals daily, and beds are filled more quickly than other patients recover and are discharged from hospitals, which means that hospitals will soon be crowded and the quality of assistance will suffer.

In a week and a half, the mark of 1,000 patients will be reached, estimated the epidemiologist.

He said that there was still no miracle cure for infection and that people are infected when they spend a longer time indoors together with the source of infection, so there was a need to find a way to further reduce the likelihood of assembly.

He said that outside, for example, last weekend in Riga, there was also a risk of infection because people did not observe the distance, talked loudly, and there was a high risk of infection in this environment.

Saeima deputy, doctor Anda Čakša said that the COVID-19 crisis is a new situation and needs new knowledge, but people need a more calm and informed explanation from the government about the restrictions. When it is difficult for people to keep track of the conditions and limits, they get angry because they don't know what to do, Čakša said. 

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