Number of Covid patients in hospitals fell last week in Latvia

Between November 22 and November 28, the number of newly identified cases of Covid-19 increased by 9%, according to information published by Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) November 29.

Over the past seven days, the number of patients in hospitals has decreased by 16% with an average of 76 people entering hospitals per day. The number of patients with severe symptoms also declined by 10%.

On average, 9,864 tests were performed per day (the week before – 8 465), while on average 900 new cases were detected per day (previously 825). Of all tests carried out, 22% (14,849 tests) involved screening of educational establishments, while 78% (54,199 tests) were in the rest of the population. Of the positive cases of Covid-19, 7% (471 infected) were associated with the screening of educational establishments, while 93% (6,297 infected) were in the rest of the population.

The reproduction rate of Covid-19 infection (R) increased to 1.05 (a week earlier, 0.71).

The increase is mostly observed in the school-age group up to 19 years. 

3,762 people or 59.7% of all those who had fallen ill last week had not been vaccinated against Covid-19 or had not yet completed a vaccination course, while 2,535 people or 40.3% of all had been vaccinated. Thus the Covid-19 infection was found 2 times more frequently in unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated than in fully vaccinated people.

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