Latvia has fallen to 19th place among the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) countries with the highest infection rates with Covid-19, according to data compiled by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
In the previous two weeks, Latvia took the 17th place.
ECDC estimates of the situation in the previous two weeks from 22 March to 4 April show that the cumulative morbidity per 100,000 population in Latvia is 351 cases. By the beginning of this week, the 14-day infection rate was higher than in Latvia in Hungary, Estonia, Poland, the Czech Republic, France, Sweden, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Cyprus, the Netherlands, Croatia, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Luxembourg, Romania, Lithuania and Greece.
In Estonia, the infection rate per 100,000 population has fallen to 1,007.3 in the last two weeks, making Estonia the second largest country in Hungary after the EU and the EEA with the highest incidence. In Lithuania, the incidence rate has risen to 389.1 cases in the last two weeks, according to ECDC data. Consequently, Latvia currently has the lowest incidence of Covid-19 in the Baltics.
In Latvia, the 14-day mortality rate with diagnosed Covid-19 per one million inhabitants has also decreased. In the last two weeks, there have been 55 cases in Latvia. However, in several countries the mortality rate has fallen even faster, so Latvia has risen from 14th to 12th place among the EU and EEA countries with the highest mortality.
The highest mortality rates from diagnosed Covid-19 per million population in the past two weeks have been in Hungary, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Estonia, Italy, Romania, Greece, Croatia and France. The corresponding figure is 46.2 in Lithuania and 115.1 in Estonia.
Latvia is also still in the red zone of the travel warning card created by ECDC. This area is home to regions in Europe with a 14-day cumulative morbidity of between 150 and 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Whereas the red zone used to cover most of Europe’s territory, it now accounts for only about half and more and more regions are falling into the red zone, indicating a 14-day cumulative morbidity of more than 500 cases per 100 000 population.
Of the Baltic states, Estonia is still in the dark red zone, as well as the Vilnius region in Lithuania for the second week. The rest of Lithuania, like Latvia, is in the red zone.
In addition to Estonia, the dark red zone includes Sweden, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Cyprus, most of France, as well as some regions in Austria, Belgium, Greece, Croatia and Romania.
Portugal, Iceland, most of Denmark, Finland and Ireland, as well as regions in Norway and Spain, are in the orange zone, where the 14-day cumulative incidence per 100,000 population is between 25 and 150 cases. In contrast, there are only three regions in Norway in the green zone, where the 14-day cumulative morbidity per 100,000 population is less than 25 cases. ECDC data are currently not available for the Italian and Dutch regions.