Only one of Latvia's confirmed coronavirus cases currently in hospital

  • 2020-03-10
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Ludmila Viksna, a chief infectious diseases specialist at Riga Stradins University Hospital, told Delfi TV today that out of the eight confirmed coronavirus cases in Latvia, only one is currently being hospitalized.

However, she added that the hospitalized patient has relatively mild symptoms.

Jurijs Perevoscikovs, director of the infectious diseases risk and analysis department at the Center for Disease Prevention and Control, meanwhile admitted that some of those infected with the coronavirus are in the higher risk group, but that it has not been necessary to hospitalize those persons in retirement age.

When asked about the health control of patients undergoing strict quarantine, both professionals responded that they are contacted by their family doctor at least once a day, but that they are not personally monitored for compliance of the quarantine.

''They are not being guarded by a security guard,'' Perevoscikovs added.

As reported, two more cases have been confirmed in Latvia of persons infected with the Covid-19 coronavirus, and both have recently returned from a trip to Italy, bringing the total number of cases in the country to eight, according to the Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

Both persons returned to Latvia from northern Italy on March 7.

So far, 274 persons have been checked for the coronavirus in Latvia, of which 30 within the past 24 hours.