Latvia's Covid-19 case count grew last week with more tests performed

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Last week a 5.3% increase in the number of new infections with Covid-19 was observed against the previous week, according to data published July 5 by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).

The SPKC explains the growth by an increase of tests carried out by 62.7%.

Last week, on average, 8,179 tests were carried out a day and a week earlier, with the Midsummer holiday, 5,026 tests were carried out a day. 

Over the past seven days, on average, eight infected people arrived in hospitals daily while a week earlier the figure was 12.  In all age groups, there is a continued reduction in morbidity, while a more pronounced trend is observed in the age group 10 to 29 years.

The covid-19 infectious reproduction factor (R) is currently at 1.06 (a week earlier at 0.59), related to an increase in cases last week.

From week 21 until last week, week 26, there were a total of 111 imported Covid-19 cases: Russia 39; Turkey 11; Germany 10; Britain 9; Spain 5.

Last week, a total of 79 Covid-19 cases were imported from third countries.

"In spite of the decline in morbidity, we call on citizens to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Vaccination is the safest and most effective way of protecting against severe forms of disease and reducing the spread of Covid-19 infection in the community,” stressed the SPKC.

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