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Most coronavirus cases in Latvia last week were untraceable

Most of the COVID-19 patients identified last week - 53% - do not know where they got sick, Jurijs Perevoščikovs, epidemiologist at the Disease Prevention and Control Center, said on  November 16.

According to him, it means that the infection is acquired where people gather. Perevoščikovs reiterated the importance of using face masks correctly to reduce this type of infection.

Of those who knew the source of the infection, the majority - 38% - had fallen ill because someone in the household had COVID-19. 19% had fallen ill in the workplace. The number of infections in medical treatment institutions has risen rapidly and has reached 17%.  9% of those who knew the source of the infection got sick in  educational establishments, and another 6% found themselves infected at a private event.

The epidemiologist pointed out, however, that last week saw stabilization in the increase in the number of ill people. The SPKC compared the last three weeks with the beginning of October, when COVID-19 rate growth averaged 45%. Over the past three weeks, the intensity decreased to an average 26% increase, 25% last week.

Perevoščikovs also said there was a stable trend - 15% of the ill people will come to the hospital next week. There are currently 386 COVID-19 patients in hospitals.

Currently, the SPKC is actively following to assess whether the COVID-19 restrictions are working. 

“The aim of the restrictions is to reduce social networking opportunities for people,” said Perevošcikovs.

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