Another daily record number of COVID-19 cases in Latvia

Christmas arrives in sobering form in Latvia with a record number of coronavirus infections confirmed for a second day in a row.

Latvia on December 24 recorded 1,270 new cases of COVID-19, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic rising to 34,745 on Thursday.

This is the highest case count in a single day so far. The previous highest daily total was 1,145  cases recorded just 24 hours earlier.

Of 11,597 tests carried out during the previous 24 hours, 11% up on the 9.4% figure of Wednesday.

Seven more deaths were also confirmed Thursday. One victim was aged 55-60 years, two were aged 60-70, one was aged 75-80 and three were aged 80-90.

So far 472 people have died from the coronavirus in Latvia since the start of the pandemic.

According to the National Health Service (NVD), the number of people being treated in hospital for coronavirus symptoms has reduced slightly from 948 to 898. Of that latter figure 51 are exhibiting serious symptoms. 

All three Baltic states face a challenging Christmas. On December 24, Estonia reported 702 new cases of coronavirus and threevdeaths, while Lithuania remains one of the hardest-hit countries in Europe with a record 3,799 new cases and 43 deaths confirmed Thursday. 

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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