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Agreement reached on additional 300 hospital beds for Covid-19 patients in Latvia

BC, Riga, 05.11.2020.Print version
An agreement has been reached on opening or re-profiling additional 300 hospital beds for Covid-19 patients, Daina Murmane-Umbrasko, the Health Ministry's state secretary and the chairwoman of the State Operative Medical Commission (VOMK), told the press today, cites LETA/BNS.

"This is restructuring of hospital operations based on earlier decisions," she said.

Opening of the additional beds will start as of today, but re-profiling will continue throughout the beginning of next week. "There could be a sufficiently large number of beds not only in Riga Austrumi Clinical University Hospital and Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital, but also in largest regional hospitals. For example, Daugavpils regional hsopital is very active - they plan to re-profile around 100 beds," she said.

Murmane-Umbrasko also said that this week it is not necessary to make any further cardinal steps in restricting health care services. The number of patients is fluctuating all the time.

As reported, with 39 more Covid-19 patients hospitalized over the past 24 hours, the total number of coronavirus patients being treated in Latvia's hospitals has grown to 244, according to the data released by the National Health Service.

This is the highest number of Covid-19 patients admitted to hospitals in 24 hours yet. On November 3 and October 28 health authorities reported 36 hospitalizations in 24 hours.

Meanwhile, 30 Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospitals in the past 24 hours. The total number of Covid-19 patients discharged from hospitals has thus reached 519.

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