Weekly Covid case count doubled in Latvia

Between January 17 and January 23, the number of newly identified cases of Covid-19 doubled, with an increase of 99.1%, Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) reported January 24.

Over the past seven days, there has been an increase in the number of patients in hospitals, with on average 80 people hospitalized daily.

On average, 20,678 (previously 14,389) tests were performed per day, while 4,535 new cases (previously 2,278) were detected. Of all tests performed, 24% (34,611 tests) involved screening of educational establishments, while 76% (110,138 tests) were in the rest of the population. Of the positive cases of Covid-19, 15% (4,824 infected) were associated with the screening of educational establishments, while 85% (26,923 infected) were in the rest of the population.

The highest incidence in the last two weeks has been observed in the age groups 10-19 years and 0-9 years.

Per 100,000 inhabitants, Covid-19 infection was reported equally frequently in people who had received primary vaccination as in unvaccinated/partially vaccinated people in Latvia, but 3 times less frequently in those who had also received a booster vaccine.

SPKC's epidemiologist Jurijs Perevoščikovs said at a briefing that the forecasts for the next week are similar as the case count could double again.

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