Latvia's COVID-19 case count grew by 50% last week

Last week, the number of newly identified cases of COVID-19 increased by 50%, Disease Prevention and Control reported November 30.

At the same time, data show that COVID-19 has been confirmed for one in ten laboratory-tested person with respiratory disease symptoms.

An average of 550 COVID-19 cases were recorded per day last week, up by 190 cases from the previous week. The proportion of positive COVID-19 tests increased from 6.8% to 8.4%. This percentage is even higher for those who have been examined for acute respiratory disease.

The proportion of cases where the source is known has  reduced to only 47%.  Among cases where the source is traceable, most (35%) got infected in the household or from family members or people with whom they live. A fifth (20%) got infected at the workplace, 12% in medical institutions (mostly medical workers).

Last week, outbreaks hit more social-care centers where both customers and employees are infected.

The proportion of people infected at workplaces and educational establishments has decreased slightly.

The number of patients at COVID-19 has increased by 32% in the past week compared to the previous week, with an average of 62 patients per day, up from 15 per day over a week earlier. 

The SPKC calls on those who have received positive test results to act responsibly and to immediately identify and inform potential contacts, so that people take appropriate action as soon as possible.

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