Actual share of Covid-19 patients in Latvia does not exceed 1% of residents - epidemiologist

  • 2020-08-06
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The actual number of Covid-19 patients in Latvia could be higher than the registered number, but it does not exceed 1 percent of residents, said Jurijs Perevoscikovs, Director of the Department of Infectious Diseases and Prevention at the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC).

"Data about confirmed cases is one thing, but, of course, the actual number of infected people could be higher, but not very much higher than the official data," he said.

Serological studies or testing for antibodies, providing a broader insight into spread of Covid-19 in the society, have been conducted in Estonia, and Latvia is still planning to do it.

Judging for local tests in institutions where disease has spread, serological tests do not show a considerably broader spread of Covid-19.

As reported, 18 new Covid-19 cases have been confirmed in Latvia over the past 24 hours, with half of them associated with the outbreak at the Murjani Sport Gymnasium, according to information released by the CDC.

The CDC informs that four of the new infections have returned from abroad - from Serbia, Ireland, Belgium and Luxembourg. One case is most believably related with a contact persons who had just been abroad. Another nine are associated with the outbreak at the Murjani Sports Gymnasium, while epidemiological investigations have been launched for the other two infected persons.

Thus, the total number of Covid-19 infections established at the Murjani Sports Gymnasium has risen to 11. There are a number of versions about the source of the infection at school, but none of them has been confirmed yet. The pupils of the school had taken part in a number of competitions, and also traveled abroad.