RIGA - Nine people have died of Covid-19 in Latvia so far, including seven patients who have died of the coronavirus disease in hospitals, according to information released by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control.
Three Covid-19 patients died during the past week - on April 21, 17 and 15. One coronavirus patient died on April 12, two on April 11, one on April 7, one on April 4 and one on April 3.
Health Minister Ilze Vinkele (For Development/For) said at a news conference following a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday that Covid-19 had been the main cause of death in seven of these cases.
In two cases, autopsy results revealed that the Covid-19 patients' death was caused by other severe morbidities, aggravated by the coronavirus infection. After consulting with the World Health Organization (WHO), it was decided to add these two cases to the Covid-19 death toll. Vinkele said that from now on, the tally of Covid-19 deaths will be kept in accordance with the WHO recommendation, counting also the cases where Covid-19 has been a secondary cause of death.
According to the information provided by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control, most of the Covid-19 victims had been elderly patients with serious preexisting health conditions, which resulted in severe Covid-19 symptoms and necessity for intensive care. "Not all of these deaths were caused directly by Covid-19. In some cases, the Covid-19 disease was recognized a a significant factor speeding up the patients' demise and aggravating their chronic illnesses," the Center for Disease Prevention and Control said.
As reported, of the 1,304 people tested for Covid-19 during the past 24 hours nine were diagnosed with the coronavirus infection, according to information released by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control.
This brings the total number of Covid-19 positive patients in Latvia to 748, while the total number of people tested for Covid-19 has risen to 37,972.
Of the 43 Covid-19 patients that are being treated in hospital at the moment, 40 are cases of moderate severity and three are severe cases. 67 patients have been discharged from hospital.
As reported, Uga Dumpis, chief specialist in infectology at the Ministry of Health said earlier that the impact of the Easter holidays on the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus has not yet been felt.
Although fewer cases were detected last week than in the previous week, Dumpis said that "we cannot rejoice and say that the problem is gone or solved because the risk is still there." In addition, the number of patients admitted to hospitals is growing and will continue to grow, the infectologist predicted.
The government declared a state of emergency over the Covid-19 pandemic from April 13 until March 14. Last week, the state of emergency was extended until May 12.
During the state of emergency schools remain closed and students have switched to distance learning, only groups of up to two people can gather at once in outdoor and indoor public spaces and people are expected to keep a two-meter distance from each other. Strict safety and distancing requirements have been set also for stores, restaurants and other establishments.