If restrictions work, number of hospitalized Covid-19 patients might drop around Christmas - Cipule

  • 2021-10-11
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - If the new restrictions are effective and the society becomes more meticulous, the number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals might drop around Christmas, said Emergency Medical Service (NMPD) director Liene Cipule in an interview with the Latvian public radio today.

As the state of emergency declared in the health care sector allowed to restructure resources, there were fewer delays to high priority NMPD calls. However, there are still hospitals where there are not enough places for patients, said Cipule.

"There were hospitals, where lines were forming, causing stress, because while waiting for a place in hospital, oxygen reserves might get exhausted. The most critical situations formed in hospitals in Rezekne and Jelgava," she said.

Cipule said that NMPD has turned to the responsible institutions, asking hospitals to open the maximum number of Covid-19 beds.

Cipule also explained that as NMPD is now responding only to calls with threat for human life, about 100 people a day are asked to look for medical care elsewhere.

Commenting on the latest restrictions, Cipule said that they will not improve the situation in the nearest month. This would be the case also in case harsher restrictions were adopted.

"We clearly know that the situation will not improve in the nearest month. In the coming two weeks we should be able to hospitalize as many patients as now. If restrictions turn out to be effective and the society becomes aware of the severity of the situation, we hope to reduce the number of hospitalized patients around Christmas," said Cipule.

As reported, the state of emergency has been declared in Latvia for a period of three months, and a number of restrictions, mostly for unvaccinated people, has come into force as of today.