Weekly Covid case count rose by 68% in Latvia

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From January 24 to January 30, the number of newly identified Covid-19 cases increased by 68.4%, the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) reported January 31.

On average, 23,304 tests (20,678 the week before) were performed per day, while 7,635 new cases were detected on average (4,535 before). Of all tests performed, 19% (31,636 tests) involved screening of educational establishments, while 81% (131,495 tests) were in the rest of the population. Of the positive cases of Covid-19, 13% (6,967 infected) were associated with the screening of educational establishments, while 87% (46,481 infected) with the rest of the population.

Specialists estimate that the true incidence rate is likely to be higher, taking into account changes in the wider use of antigen self-tests, after which the confirmatory laboratory PCR test is no longer required.

In the last seven days, there has been an increase in the number of patients in hospitals, on average 107 (80 before) people admitted to hospitals daily. The majority of patients have been hospitalized with the primary diagnosis of Covid-19.

The highest incidence in the last two weeks remains in the age group 10-19 years and 0-9 years.

Per 100,000 inhabitants, Covid-19 infection was reported equally frequently in fully vaccinated as in unvaccinated/partially vaccinated people in Latvia, but 2.6 times less in those who had also received a booster vaccine.

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