Latvia saw record COVID-19 cases last week

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The largest number of COVID-19 cases recorded in one week since the start of the pandemic occurred last week, Jurijs Perevoščikovs, epidemiologist at the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC), said in a media briefing on Monday, October 19.

The number of COVID-19 cases detected has increased by 34% over two weeks. Last week, a so-called "anti-record" was reached with 780 cases. The week before, 584 cases were identified.

The highest incidence last week was in Latgale. Perevoščikovs said that a decline was observed in Kuldīga and Aizpute, and the situation has normalized in Daugavpils. This shows that the precautions put in place by the government are working.

At present, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in Latvia is 71.5, the highest in the Baltic States.

Perevoščikovs stressed that educational institutions are the most frequent source of infection. Among the cases identified last week, 130 individuals had been infected at an educational establishment.

Meanwhile, 110 people have become ill in their family and at least 60 in their workplaces.

The SPKC specialist estimated that there would be a continued trend of educational institutions, family circles and jobs being the most frequent sources of infection. Problems arise when people go to work and school even with symptoms of illness, Perevoščikovs added.

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