44 more cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Latvia

Forty-four new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Latvia on October 1, one of the highest daily totals so far, but half the number recorded the previous day.

In all 1,868 cases of coronavirus have now been recorded in Latvia.

No additional deaths were registered with the death toll remaining on 37.

However, it should be noted that the number of tests carried out was also the largest since the start of the pandemic with the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) saying 4,699 tests were conducted during the previous 24-hour period, with many tests in Kuldīga and Daugavpils, two cities with significant clusters of cases.

In total 324,717 tests have been carried out since February 29.

So far 1,307 patients have recovered from infection.

19 patients are in hospital, 17 of whom are described as having moderate symptoms of the disease. Two patients are described as having more serious symptoms.

According to the SPKC, 33 of the new cases were from known sources, one was an arrival from Finland and the other cases are still being investigated.

On September 30 the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of population was 12.9 in Latvia, 40.7 in Lithuania and 44.8 in Estonia, according to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Latvia's rate remains the lowest in the European Union.

The threshold for the introduction of compulsory self-isolation upon arrival in Latvia is 16. See our other story about the latest list of countries which require self-isolation for people arriving in Latvia. The country list is updated every Friday afternoon.

COVID-19 information

A useful 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.

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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, symptoms and medical procedures and an interactive map plotting the incidence and distribution of the disease in Latvia.

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