Last week, the number of Covid-19 cases detected was historically the second-highest in Latvia, Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) reported October 4.
An average of 979 new Covid-19 cases per day (the week before 604) were detected in Latvia last week. The number of newly identified cases increased by 62.2%.
Of all tests performed, 56% (79,454 tests) involved screening of educational establishments, while 44% (63,194 tests) were conducted in the rest of the population. Of the positive cases of Covid-19, 13% (911 infected) were associated with educational establishments, while 87% (5,945 infected) in the rest of the society.
An average of 20,378 tests (previously 21,804) per day were conducted in the past week.
Thus, the second historically highest number of newly identified cases in one week was reached. More cases were only recorded during the first week of January 2021. However, currently, significantly more tests are being conducted than it was at the time.
The increasing incidence rate is observed in all age groups, particularly in the age group 10-14 years. The reproduction rate of Covid-19 infection (R) increased to 1.38 (the week before 1.21) in the last week.
The number of patients in hospitals also continues to rise – an increase of 35%, while the number of patients in severe condition increased by 27% last week compared with the previous week.
Of the Covid-19 cases discovered last week, 5,485 people had not been vaccinated against Covid-19 or had not yet completed a vaccination course, which is a total of 80% of all. In turn, 1 371 people were vaccinated, representing 20%.