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210 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Latvia

Latvia recorded 210 new cases of COVID-19 on December 14, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic reaching 25,885 on Monday.

Monday's case totals are generally the lowest of the week due to a smaller number of tests being carried out on Sundays. The highest daily total remains 930 cases recorded December 3.

Of 2,811 tests carried out in the previous 24 hours, 7.5% were positive. That is down on Sunday's figure of 11.7% and almost the same as Saturday's figure of 7.4%.

In addition, three more deaths were confirmed on Monday. Two victims were aged 70-80 years and one was aged 85-90. 

So far 352 people have died from the coronavirus in Latvia since the start of the pandemic.

According to the National Health Service (NVD), 814 patients are currently being treated for the symptoms of coronavirus in Latvian hospitals. Of that number 775 have moderate symptoms, while 39 have serious symptoms.

All three Baltic states continue to batle the virus. On December 14, Estonia reported 331 new cases of coronavirus and five deaths, while Lithuania remains the hardest-hit with nearly 2,000 cases and ten deaths confirmed Monday as a nationwide lockdown comes into effect.

According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) on December 13 the cumulative 14-day number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of population was 441.9 in Latvia, 454.0 in Estonia and 1,177.7 in Lithuania.

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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