Official Covid-19 death toll passes 6,000 in Latvia

Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 6,000 people infected with Covid-19 have died in Latvia, according to the data provided by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) October 4.

The latest data shows 8 deaths in the past 24 hours. As a result, the total number of victims of the disease in Latvia rose from 5,998 to 6,006.

It should be noted that the actual number of people dying with Covid-19 is believed to be considerably higher because of differences between the SPKC data and the data generated from death certificates. However, the SPKC has provided daily running totals which give a consistent statistical methodology. 

A majority of the 6,000 dead – 3,251 victims – were people aged 80 or older. However, victims were also found in other age groups, including four between the ages of 10 and 19, as well as 16 people between the ages of 20 and 29.

Last year, which was the second year of the Covid-19 pandemic, Latvia recorded its highest number of deaths in the last 20 years. The total number of Latvian residents who died during the year increased by more than 5,000 in 2021. Before the pandemic, the number of deaths in Latvia in recent years did not exceed 29,000 people per year, but last year it increased by approximately 18% and exceeded 34,000.

Compared to the average death rate between 2015 and 2019, there were 6,460 additional deaths in 2020 and 2021. Of these, 96% were due to Covid-19.

In the last 24 hours, 4,481 Covid-19  tests were performed, of which 22% were positive, resulting in 991 new cases of infection being registered .

 

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