He said that in recent weeks, children and socially active people under the age of 49 are most affected by Covid-19. However, there is still an increase in the number of cases among people aged 50 and 60. According to Perevoshchikov, this is an issue that needs significant attention because
one of the goals is to maximally protect at-risk groups, persons with chronic diseases.
Over the past four weeks, 14% to 18% of people diagnosed with Covid-19 had no symptoms. Last week, the figure was 17%.
At least 8% of patients get the disease so severe that hospitalization is necessary, admitted a representative of the SPKC. He explained that the percentage of inpatients is stable.
At the same time, Perevoshchikov acknowledged that the percentage of “severe” patients also increases slightly with the increase in the overall disease rate.
Epidemiologist: Covid-19 incidence falls in Estonia as people follow recommendations more conscientiously
The epidemiological safety measures implemented in Latvia and Estonia are quite similar, so there is a difference in public attitudes, such a position was expressed at the press conference by Jurijs Perevoščikovs, Director of the Infectious Diseases Risk Analysis and Prevention Department of the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC).
According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, the incidence of Covid-19 in Estonia has been declining for several weeks, while in Latvia it is increasing.
“We have been in contact with our Estonian colleagues for some time and we are talking openly enough about the measures we are taking, and I do not see any particularly global difference,” Perevoshchikov explained, adding that the difference could be how conscientiously the basic recommendations are followed – distancing, disinfection and facials. wearing protective masks.
Asked whether additional restrictions should be adopted, he stated that
At present, everything depends on the measures already in place, the effects of which are still being assessed by the SPC.
Among other things, the epidemiologist noted that the additional measures recently introduced were necessary because the basic recommendations had not been followed quite conscientiously. “It all depends on the people themselves,” Perevoshchikov added.
In Vecpiebalga municipality, Covid-19 cases are mostly related to school
The outbreak of Covid-19 discovered in Vecpiebalga region is mostly related to cases of illness at school, Yuri Perevoshchikov, director of the Department of Infectious Diseases Risk Analysis and Prevention of the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC), told reporters on Monday.
According to him, the investigation of the outbreak in Vecpiebalga region is continuing, and epidemiologists are working to gather information.
“It turned out that the majority of cases are related to one educational institution, school,”
a representative of the SPKC explained, explaining that the staff, children and family members of these people were infected.
Choir members are also among those infected.
Perevoshchikov said that the SPKC continues cooperation with local governments, also organizing purposeful testing of various groups. In general, the cooperation with the local authorities was considered very good by the SPKC specialist.
“Municipalities know something that epidemiologists do not know, know about their social life, about institutions. And we know about the sick, the objects of risk. We are looking for this common dialogue, we recommend a testing strategy,” the epidemiologist said, adding that only one institution cannot effectively control the situation.