Latvia’s COVID-19 mortality rate among highest in EU/EEA

Latvia’s COVID-19 mortality rate is eight times higher than the average figure recorded in the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA), according to the data released recently by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

EU member states Romania and Bulgaria, however, were showing even higher COVID-19 mortality rates than Latvia.

In the two weeks from Oct. 25 to Nov. 7, Latvia recorded 274.7 COVID-19 related deaths per one million residents. Romania, by comparison, recorded 311.2 deaths, and Bulgaria, 283.7 deaths, in the two-week period.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 mortality in the EU and EEA averaged at 35.5 deaths per one million residents.

COVID-19 mortality rose also in Latvia’s neighbor countries in recent weeks, reaching 81.6 deaths per one million residents in Lithuania and 107.6 deaths in Estonia, according to the ECDC.

At the end of last week, the cumulative two-week number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents was 1,697.8 in Estonia, 1,533.3 in Latvia and 1,401.6 in Lithuania, placing them second, third and fourth in the EU/EEA respectively.

Slovenia saw the highest COVID-19 incidence with 1,747.9 cases per 100,000 residents.