10 more deaths, 207 new cases of COVID-19 in Latvia

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Latvia recorded 207 new cases of COVID-19 on December 7, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic rising to 21,520 on Monday.

The highest daily total remains 930 cases recorded December 3.

Of 3,296 tests carried out in the previous 24 hours, 6.3% were positive, down on the 9% rate of the previous day. 

Unfortunately ten deaths were also confirmed. Four victims were aged 55 to 65, three were aged 70 to 80 and three 80 to 90.

So far 1,866 patients have recovered from infection and 274 have died.

Monday's figures are generally among the lowest of the week in Latvia due to fewer tests being carried out on Sundays.

Meanwhile the National Health Service (NVD) reported 655 people are currently being treated for symptoms of the coronavirus in Latvia's hospitals. Of thatnumber 610 have moderate symptoms while 45 have serious symptoms.

Capacity for COVID-19 patients at the Riga East University Hospital (RAKUS) will soon be exhausted, said the hospital's board chairman Imants Paeglitis in an interview with Latvian public radio on Monday.

He said that at present 70 percent of allocated Covid-19 beds are taken. At some point it seemed that the number of Covid-19 patients in the hospital had stabilized, but then it started growing again.

The hospital head called on every member of the society to consider their actions in order to flatten the COVID-19 curve.

The situation in all three Baltic states remains serious. On December 7, Estonia reported 248 new cases of coronavirus and Lithuania reported 1,386 cases.

COVID-19 information

A summary in English of the latest COVID-19 situation including restrictions in place and rules on public assembly is available at this special government website. Use of nose and mouth coverings is compulsory in all public places indoors, including workplaces.

As reported previously by LSM, the full regulations relating to the current state of emergency in force until January 11 are now available to read online in English translation. 

The number for medical emergencies is 113, the number for enquiring about a COVID-19 test if you have developed some potential symptoms after returning from overseas or being in contact with someone confirmed as having coronavirus is 8303.

There is also an information line to answer any questions you might have about the veracity of facts about COVID-19 on 8345.

The SPKC has information in English about the approved methods of protecting yourself from the virus.

All arrivals (including returnees) need to fill in an electronic declaration prior to coming to Latvia. It is available at the website covidpass.lv.

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