Only 38% of COVID-19 cases can be traced in Latvia

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Last week, only 37.8% of cases could be traced to where infection happened, said the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) December 28.

Epidemiologists said that this figure was 62.4% the week before.

Even though last week there were several holidays during which the number of COVID-19 tests was reduced, there is still an increase in the proportion of positive tests, which is an average of 10.6% this week (9.1% a week earlier). This is due to the fact that testing was more targeted, i.e. tests were carried out in people with symptoms.

In the past week, the number of people infected in the household, or in close contact with family members, has increased. High rates are also associated with medical establishments and social care centers.

Compared to a week earlier, the number of patients treated in hospitals increased by 6.4% and was on average 114 new patients per day. According to data from the National Health Service (NVD) on 28 December, a total of 1048 patients were currently treated in hospitals. Of all people in hospitals, 862 are over 50 years old. Ten hospitalized patients are under 19 years old, while 176 patients are aged 20-49.


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