Another 500 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Latvia

Monday brought more than 500 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Latvia once again, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).

The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic stands at 36,838 on December 28 after 508 new cases were confirmed during the previous 24 hours. The figure was almost the same as the 511 cases recorded on December 27.

The highest case count in a single day so far is 1,270, recorded on December 24.

Of 4,437 tests carried out, 11.5% were positive.

Unfortunately 19 deaths were also confirmed. Of those, one victim was aged aged 50-55, three were aged 60-70, three were aged 70-80, seven were aged 80-90 and five were aged 90-95.

In total 578 people have died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

According to the National Health Service (NVD), 1,048 patients are currently being treated in Latvia's hospitals for coronavirus symptoms. This is the largest number so far. Of that total, 987 patients have moderate symptoms while 61 are showing serious symptoms.

Meanwhile in Lithuania 1,773 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded December 28 and in Estonia the figure was 416 cases.

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.

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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