Another record number of new COVID-19 cases in Latvia

Latvia confirmed 367 new cases of COVID-19 on November 5, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), bringing the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 7,119.

It is the largest daily tally of new cases yet recorded, for the second day in a row. However, it was also the day on which the largest number of tests in a single day were conducted, also for the second day in a row as testing capacity is ramped up.

Three deaths were confirmed, with two victims aged 70 to 75, and one aged 90 to 95.

Of 7,564 tests carried out, 4.9% were positive, up on the 4.3% rate the previous day. A rate of more than 3% is regarded as an indication that the disease is spreading rapidly.

So far 1,444 patients have recovered from infection and 85 have died.

The National Health Service (NVD) said Latvia's hospitals have 244 patients being treated for coronavirus symptoms at the moment (up on 240 the previous day), of which 234 are displaying moderate symptoms while 10 have serious symptoms. 

On November 4, the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of population was 147.4 in Latvia, 340.9 in Lithuania and 75.3 in Estonia, according to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

On November 5 Estonia announced 131 new cases and Lithuania announced 999 new cases as the coronavirus shows little sign of subsiding in the Baltic states.

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 shops and many other public places.

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.

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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