136 new COVID-19 cases found in Latvia; three deaths recorded

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On October 27 Latvia confirmed 136 new cases of COVID-19, returning to three-digit figures after Monday's 79, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).

The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 4,893.

Three more deaths were recorded, all in the age range 60 to 70. 

Of 5,093 tests carried out 2.7% were positive, down on the 3.5% rate the previous day. A rate of more than 3% is regarded as an indication that the disease is spreading uncontrollably, so the dip below that level offers some encouragement.

So far 1,382 patients have recovered from infection and 63 have died.

On October 26 the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of population was 104.6 in Latvia, 145.4 in Lithuania and 41.2 in Estonia, according to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

Meanwhile the National Health Service (NVD) reported a record number of patients being treated in hospital, with the number rising from 165 to 171. Of that total 162 people have moderate symptoms of the disease while nine display severe symptoms.

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 shops and many other public places.

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 and the SPKC COVID-19 advice helpline is 67387661.

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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