Over 1,600 Covid cases found at Latvian schools in one month

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In approximately one month, from August 24 to September 26, the school screening process has found over 1,600 cases of Covid-19, according to a presentation by the Ministry of Health at the government meeting September 28.

A total of 13,667 Covid-19 cases have been registered in Latvia since the end of August. Of these, 12% or 1,658 cases were detected in school screening.

Overall, of all cases identified in school screening, 85% were found in children and young people. However, outside schools, even more cases were found in children and teenagers, a total of 2,200.

57.4% of infected learners had symptoms of respiratory disease. Minister for Health Daniels Pavļuts repeatedly urged not to go to school if there were Covid-19 symptoms.

170 school staff have been hospitalized throughout the whole Covid-19 pandemic, of which 24 (14%) were infected in the workplace. Until now, eight school staff infected with Covid-19 have died, one of which was infected at an educational establishment.

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