Weekly Covid case count grew by a third in Latvia

From December 27 to January 2, the number of newly identified cases of Covid-19 increased by 30.2% while the number of tests decreased only by 1.9% according to the figures published January 3 by Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).

Last week, on average, 6,633 tests were conducted per day (6,760 the week before), while an average of 799 new cases were detected per day (613 before).

An average of 47 patients were hospitalized with Covid-19 daily. 

The reproduction rate of Covid-19 infection (R) increased to 1.13 (the week before 0.83) in the last week, indicating a faster spread of infection in the community.

Covid-19 infection was detected 1.6 times more frequently in unvaccinated and partially vaccinated people than in fully vaccinated people.

Last week, the number of cases imported has increased sharply (358), reaching 6.4% of all Covid-19 infected. During weeks 50 to 52 of the year 2021, people infected with Covid-19 arrived most frequently in Latvia from Great Britain (120), Italy (79), Sweden (56), Germany (49), Spain (46), Finland (45), Denmark (39), Norway (32), Egypt (31), France (30), USA (28), UAE (26), Lithuania (26), Estonia (19), Hungary (17).

644 cases of variant SARS-CoV-2 Omicron have been identified in Latvia by January 2:

46% were imported (most cases were imported from Britain (56) Italy (19), USA (18), Spain (18), Denmark (16), France (15), UAE (14), Sweden (14), Canada (13), Finland (5) , of which 69% were tested at the airport.

54% are secondary cases (infected contacts) or local cases (with an unexplained source of infection and infection conditions).

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