New strains of coronavirus found in 3% of all cases in Latvia

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In 3% of all  Covid-19 cases found in Latvia, the new, more contagious strain of the virus has been discovered, Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) epidemiologist Jurijs Perevoščikovs told Latvian Television February 18.

The Covid-19 incidence rate in Latvia is falling very slowly. At the moment the 14-day cumulative incidence rate is 523 per 100 000 inhabitants, and  the positive test percentage has also reduced to 7%.

"If this tendency continues for a few days we will be among the countries which are not in the 'red' zone next week," said Perevoščikovs.

The epidemiologist said that the improvement is still 'fragile' and can easily be destroyed. 

"At a time when the more contagious strains are spreading, the limitations must be maintained to reduce the incidence rate. The contagious strains have  currently been discovered in  3% of the cases. 

"This is a signal to stop and think. We found that these people with this strain do not live in one place. It is in Rīga, in Rēzekne, in Dobele. This means that the virus can appear suddenly and in several regions," said Perevoščikovs.

He said that under certain circumstances these strains can cause a huge increase in incidence rates.




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