Number of Covid patients in hospitals rose by 56% last week

The number of cases of Covid-19 detected in Latvia increased by 48.8% over the past week, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) data October 18.

The number of inpatient sufferers increased by 56% and the number of people with severe symptoms rose by 62.8%.

Last week, on average, 18,078 tests were conducted per day (the week before 16,176) and an average of 2,049 new cases were detected (1,376 before).

11,321 people had not been vaccinated against Covid-19 or had not yet completed a vaccination course, which is a total of 79% of all those infected in the last week. Meanwhile, 3,020 people had been vaccinated, representing 21% of all those who were ill last week. Thus Covid-19 infection was detected 3 times more frequently in unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated than in fully vaccinated people.

Of all tests performed, 32% (40,781 tests) involved screening of educational establishments, while 68% (85,768 tests) of the rest of the population. Of the positive cases, 15% (2,121 infected) were associated with the screening of educational establishments, while 85% (12,219 infected) in the rest of the population.

Increase in morbidity was observed in all age groups. The reproduction rate of Covid-19 infection (R) increased again in the last week to 1.33 (a week earlier, 1.28).

The average 14-day cumulative incidence rate per 100 000 inhabitants in Europe has increased slightly to 166.1 (160.6 a week earlier). Latvia's indicator jumped to 864.4 (580.9 a week ago).

The SPKC stressed that vaccination is the safest and most effective way to protect oneself from severe forms of disease and to reduce the spread of Covid-19 infection in society.

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