Hospital situation in Latvia could improve only next year

Director of the Emergency Medical Service said that for at least a month the hospital situation would not get any better. “In the next two weeks, we should be able to hospitalize as many patients as we are doing now. Every day and week will come with an even more difficult job,” she said.

Over the weekend, the Emergency Medical Service has managed to reduce delays on high-priority calls because crews had 10% fewer calls to visit. This has been achieved by announcing an emergency in the medical sector that allows resources to be restructured. About 100 calls a day that aren’t urgent are directed to advisers. They help people understand how to get help.

If the new restrictions are effective and the public is responsive, the number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals could be reduced by Christmas.

Rinalds Mucinsh, Chair of the Stradinsh Hospital, said in an interview that the exit from the Covid-19 crisis was vaccination, not restrictions. He forecast that if vaccination coverage doesn’t rise, the situation in hospitals could improve only next year.

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