RIGA - Latvia is now the only Baltic country where Covid-19 mortality is higher than the average Covid-19 mortality rate in the European Union and the European Economic Area, according to data released by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
According to ECDC, during the two-week period from December 27 to January 9, Latvia's Covid-19 mortality rate increased to 84.4 cases per one million residents, ranking Latvia seventh among 30 EU/EEA countries. The highest mortality rates were reported in Poland, Bulgaria and Croatia where the number of Covid-19 deaths exceeded 140 per one million population.
The average mortality rate in laboratory confirmed Covid-19 cases across the EU/EEA was 49.2 per one million population.
In Lithuania, Covid-19 caused 39.7 deaths per one million population, which is the 14th highest figure in the EU/EEA, and Estonia reported 29.3 Covid-19 related deaths per one million population, which was the 17th highest figure in the EU/EEA.
Since November, Latvia's Covid-19 incidence has been lower than the EU/EEA average.
In the period from December 20 to January 2, Latvia's cumulative two-week number of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 population was 860.7 as compared to 2,007.8 across the EU/EEA.
Latvia's Covid-19 incidence rate is currently the 22nd highest among the 30 EU/EEA countries.
Cyprus reported the highest Covid-19 incidence rate, with 5,571.6 cases confirmed per 100,000 population in the past two weeks.