SPKC: most cases of COVID-19 in Latvia are traceable

More than 80% of COVID-19 case sources last week could be traced, Jurijs Perevoščikovs, epidemiologist at the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC), said September 29.

Last week, the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests was 1%. This number was only 0.3% in the summer, so there is a big increase. This is related to two outbreaks in the companies Forevers and Kuldīgas tekstils, which are related to 69 of the total 150 cases found last week.

Perevoščikovs pointed out that the number of patients infected abroad is increasing. Earlier this summer, these were three people a week, 17 last week. 

People who have returned from abroad have also been sources of infection in schools. A total of 19 educational institutions are currently affected. In two educational establishments, the disease also spread locally.

Perevoščikovs said that the situation with COVID-19 in Latvia is still the best in Europe. “Our average infection rate is almost nine times smaller than in the European Union,” the epidemiologist said.

The epidemiological situation in the country was also assessed by the government on Tuesday, but no new restrictions were imposed.

“Everything depends on us. Distancing and hygiene remain in place, protecting other people while respecting this distance and staying at home if there are symptoms of the disease,” Perevoščikovs said.

Perevoščikovs has previously stated when the restrictions on COVID-19 should be stepped up in Latvia:

  • if at least 3% of the COVID-19 tests performed are positive;
  • at least 20% of all COVID-19 cases in the country cannot be traced;
  • the increase in the number of sick people is intense.
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