Latvia's current Covid-19 incidence is similar to last year's situation when strict safety measured had to be imposed - CDC

  • 2021-05-10
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Latvia's current Covid-19 incidence is similar to the epidemiological situation last December when a state of emergency was declared and the government had to impose strict safety measures, LETA was told at the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC).

While during the first eight weeks of this year Covid-19 incidence dropped, in the past nine weeks the rate of infections has been growing again. 

Latvia's cumulative two-week number of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 population has increased and hit the level recorded in December 2020. Last week, Latvia confirmed an average of 612 new Covid-19 cases a day, registering 1,036 new cases on May 7. 

Although the number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals has slightly decreased, the number of severe cases in on the rise and makes up 12.4 percent of all Covid-19 patients in hospitals. Their share has grown from 11.7 percent the week before. 

According to the CDC, the coronavirus is spreading quite evenly across Latvia, although a slightly higher incidence has been recorded in Riga area and a reduction in Vidzeme. 

Covid-19 incidence has been showing a tendency to grow in nearly all age groups, excluding up to nine years old kids. 

Latvia's Covid-19 reproductivity indicator has climbed to 1.05, suggesting that the spread of the virus is accelerating.