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Latvian Covid-19 death rate 32% higher than EU average

In Latvia, the number of deaths of Covid-19 in 14 days per one million inhabitants is currently 32% higher than the average in Europe,  according to the Ministry of Health's regulations for the government February 4.

At present, in Latvia Covid-19, the cumulative number of 14-day deaths per million inhabitants is 136.4, while in Europe this figure is 103.1.

According to data from the Disease Prevention and Control Center reported Wednesday, the number of Covid-19 cases registered in Latvia has reached 68,658, but the number of dead Covid-19 patients reached 1,250, representing 1.82% of all infected patients.

Meanwhile, in neighboring Estonia, according to official data, a total of 46,334 Covid-19 cases have been detected since the beginning of the pandemic, while the number of deaths is 433, representing 0.93% of all infected, or 0.89 percentage points less than in Latvia.

Official data from Lithuania on Covid-19 show that a total of 184,948 Covid-19 cases have been detected in the country, while 2,885 people have died, which is 1.56% of all infected, or 0.26 percentage points less than in Latvia.

The cumulative number of 14-day deaths per million inhabitants is a theoretical indicator allowing a comparison of the mortality rate in areas with a different population and does not indicate a specific number of deaths.

Rīga Stradiņš University docent Anda Ķīvīte-Urtāne said at the Saeima's Social and Labor Affairs Committee meeting that Covid-19 is currently the third most frequent cause of death in Latvia, ranking above such external causes of death as accidents, injuries and suicides.

The Central Statistical Bureau's data shows that the number of deaths in Latvia increased by 42.8% in the first two weeks of the year compared to the corresponding period of last year.

In the first two weeks of 2021, i.e. between 4 and 17 January, a total of 1,651 dead were registered in Latvia, while in the first two weeks of 2020 1,156 dead were registered in Latvia.

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