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    Covid-19 restrictions have not given the desired effect - Health Ministry

    RIGA, Oct 23 (LETA) - The restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19 adopted a week ago have not provided the desired effect, and the disease continues spreading, said the Health Ministry in an annotation to legislative amendments submitted to the extraordinary government meeting today.

    The ministry said that the share of new Covid-19 cases has increased by 32 percent over the past week - from 686 to 902 in a week. The share of positive tests has increased from 2.4 percent to 3 percent, and the number of hospitalized people has risen steeply - to 113 today.

    The Health Ministry believes that there is a high Covid-19 risks in the country and new restrictive measures should be adopted.

    Record-high 250 new Covid-19 cases were registered in Latvia on Thursday, the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) said today.

    One person in the 55-60 age group died of the coronavirus.

    5,726 Covid-19 tests were carried out on Thursday. The share of positive tests was 4.4 percent in the past 24 hours - the highest percentage to date. The CDC explained earlier that in the European Union this indicator is considered important because when this figure rises above 3 percent, the spread of the disease is considered to be rapid and uncontrolled.

    So far, 4,208 people in Latvia have tested positive for Covid-19, and 1,357 of them have recovered from the coronavirus disease.

    In total, 413,905 Covid-19 tests have been carried out in Latvia so far.

    • Published: 23.10.2020 16:07
    • Davis Sprogis, LETA
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