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Christmas Day brings 666 more COVID-19 cases in Latvia

Christmas Day in Latvia brought a further 666 new cases of COVID-19.

Latvia on December 25 confirmed 666 positive COVID-19 tests plus 16 deaths, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic rising to 35,420 on Friday.

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

Of 4,029 tests carried out during the previous 24 hours, 16.5% were positive, up on the 11% figure of Wednesday.

Of the 16 fatalities, one victim was aged 45-50 years, three were aged 55-65 years, four were aged 70-80 years, six were aged 80-90 years and two were aged 90-100 years.

According to the National Health Service (NVD), the number of people being treated in hospital for coronavirus symptoms stands at 936. Of that latter figure 51 are exhibiting serious symptoms. 

Meanwhile in Lithuania 2,691 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded December 25 and in Estonia the figure was 575 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, 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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