313 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Latvia

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Latvia confirmed 313 new cases of COVID-19 on November 4, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), bringing the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 6,752.

It is the largest daily tally of new cases yet recorded. However, it was also the day on which the largest number of tests in a single day were conducted.

Six deaths were confirmed, three victims aged 60 to 80, three aged 80 to 90.

Of 7,328 tests carried out, 4.3% were positive, up on the 3.3% rate the previous day. A rate of more than 3% is regarded as an indication that the disease is spreading rapidly. This is the largest number of tests so far conducted in one day.

So far 1,444 patients have recovered from infection and 83 have died.

The National Health Service (NVD) said Latvia's hospitals have 240 patients being treated for coronavirus symptoms at the moment (down on 249 the previous day), of which 228 are displaying moderate symptoms while 12 have serious symptoms. 

On November 4, the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of population was 147.4 in Latvia, 340.9 in Lithuania and 75.3 in Estonia, according to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control with the rate rising in all three Baltic states compared to the previous day.

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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