892 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Latvia

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Latvia on December 18 recorded 892 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic reaching 29,427 on Friday.

The highest daily total stands at 1,040 cases recorded 24 hours earlier.

Of 9,748 tests carried out in the previous 24 hours, 9.2% were positive, down on the 10.1% figure on Thursday.

Fifteen more deaths were confirmed. Two victims were aged 60-70 years, three were aged 70-80, nine were aged 80-90, and one was aged 90-95. 

So far 409 people have died from the coronavirus in Latvia since the start of the pandemic.

According to the National Health Service (NVD), 871 patients are currently being treated for the symptoms of coronavirus in Latvian hospitals. Of that number 825 have moderate symptoms, while 46 have serious symptoms.

All three Baltic states continue to battle the virus. On December 18, Estonia reported 654 new cases of coronavirus and four deaths, while Lithuania remains the hardest-hit with 3,181 new cases and 39 deaths confirmed Friday. 

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 which includes the latest updates to regulations over the Christmas and New Year period. Use of nose and mouth coverings is compulsory in all public places indoors, including workplaces, and there are restrictions on what goods can be bought from stores.

As reported previously by LSM, the full regulations relating to the current state of emergency in force until January 11 are 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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