Covid-19 infections in Latvia appear to be plateauing - expert

  • 2020-04-24
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The growing number of coronavirus deaths and relatively unchanging numbers of hospitalizations and severe cases recorded over the past week might be an indication that the curve of Covid-19 infections in Latvia has reached its higher point, the Health Ministry's infectious diseases specialist Uga Dumpis told LETA.

"That does not mean though that this is the peak and that from now on the curve will be going down,"  the expert said, predicting that "most probably, it will remain at the present level for some time if the number of new cases does not drop". 

He also warned that if the current testing strategy does not prove entirely successful, a slight increase of hospitalizations might be expected. 

Commenting on Covid-19 infection trends observed during the outgoing week, Dumpis noted that the number of new patients is the same as a week ago, an indication that the coronavirus infection continues to spread but is under control. 

The expert admitted concerns over new Covid-19 cases still appearing among medical staff. 

"The volume and geography of testing has to be expanded to make sure most of the patients are diagnosed," Dumpis said, arguing that this approach would allow to better project the number of hospitalizations and further long-term preventive measures. 

As reported, another Covid-19 patient passed away in hospital in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of coronavirus deaths in Latvia to 12, according to the latest data from the Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

The deceased patient was 75 to 80 years old and had been suffering from several chronic illnesses.

Of the 2,039 Covid-19 tests carried out in the past 24 hours six came back positive. 

This brings the total number of Covid-19 tests carried out in Latvia so far to 43,080, and the number of confirmed coronavirus cases to 784.