587 new cases of coronavirus in Latvia, five more deaths

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Latvia recorded 587 new cases of COVID-19 on December 15, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic reaching 26,472 on Tuesday.

The highest daily total remains 930 cases recorded December 3.

Of 9,400 tests carried out in the previous 24 hours, 6.2% were positive. That is down on Monday's figure of 7.5%.

In addition, five more deaths were confirmed on Monday. Two victims were aged 50-65 years, two were aged 75-85 and one was aged 95-100. 

So far 357 people have died from the coronavirus in Latvia since the start of the pandemic.

According to the National Health Service (NVD), 841 patients are currently being treated for the symptoms of coronavirus in Latvian hospitals (up on 814 in Monday's figures). Of that number 798 have moderate symptoms, while 43 have serious symptoms.

All three Baltic states continue to battle the virus. On December 15, Estonia reported 301 new cases of coronavirus and three deaths, while Lithuania remains the hardest-hit with 1,432 new cases and 38 deaths confirmed Tuesday, a new record for daily fatalities.

According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) on December 14 the cumulative 14-day number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of population was 453.1 in Latvia, exactly the same at 453.1 in Estonia and 1,205.5 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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