95% of Covid-19 patients in Latvia have come from abroad; publish map by region / Article / LSM.lv

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Although the number of Covid-19 sufferers has risen to 111, everyone remains traceable to where they are infected, Yuriy Perevoshchikov, director of the Department of Risk Analysis and Prevention of Infectious Disease, told the press conference on Friday. This means that the spread of the disease in Latvia is still under control.

IN SHORT:

  • 95% of Covid-19 patients came from abroad; 5% are infected.
  • Published Covid-19 registered case map by county.
  • Covid-19 patients were analyzed to be middle-aged.
  • People with mild symptoms of Covid-19 will have to drive to pass the tests themselves.
  • Covid-19 analyzes will be performed by a particularly vulnerable section of the population.
  • Medical, police and border guards also have priority in testing.

Epidemiologists have found that 95% of Covid-19 patients in Latvia have come from abroad. Perevoshchikov, however, pointed out that in recent days the number of so-called secondary cases of a person being infected abroad from Covid-19 has increased. Infection occurs in families, but also in other places. An example of an epidemiologist was Salaspils Secondary School No 1, where a Spanish pupil infected his classmate.

A map is also published, showing a more detailed breakdown by county where Covid-19 is recorded. The map shows that Covid-19 is registered in 19 municipalities. Perevoshchikov emphasized that this card does not change anything, because the sufferers are isolated and informed about the measures they need to take.

The age of sufferers has also been analyzed – they are mostly middle-aged. Perevoshchikov explained that this was due to the large number of sick travelers. In particular, younger and middle-aged people travel the most.

Health Minister Ilze Sheele (“For Development / About!”) Said doctors would no longer go home to take analyzes for people who had mild symptoms. They will be able to take their cars to the mobile analysis points by appointment.

Another decision is to expand testing. Tests will also be performed in social care centers and hospitals for people with respiratory illness or pulmonary origin of uncertain origin. The analysis will also be carried out by the staff of these institutions. The minister stressed: “It is intended to prevent outbreaks of infection where people are particularly sensitive and vulnerable.”

Medical, police and border guards could also be given priority in testing so that they do not pass on illness to colleagues.

CONTEXT:

As the new coronavirus Covid-19 spreads around the world, the World Health Organization has recognized that the disease has reached a global pandemic level. Mass events, closed schools and other institutions, including restrictions on borders, have been lifted in many countries around the world, including in Europe.

Covid-19 virus was first detected in Latvia on March 2, 2020. With a view to limiting the spread of infection in Latvia, it was decided on 12 March to declare an emergency, which will be in force from 13 March to 14 April, during which a number of restrictions are imposed, including schooling and passenger travel and flights.

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