The new figure was released by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) which said 1,184 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period. The number includes 5 new cases from a shelter for the homeless, which has previously recorded a mass outbreak as well.
In total 35,881 tests have been carried out since February 29.
44 patients are in hospital, most of whom have moderate symptoms of the disease but 5 of whom are designated as being in a serious condition.
So far 5 deaths of patients with coronavirus have been recorded in Latvian hospitals.
Iepriekšējā diennaktī veikti 1184 izmeklējumi personām ar aizdomām par saslimšanu ar COVID-19, infekcija apstiprināta 15 cilvēkiem (tai skaitā 5 personām no „Zilā krusta” patversmes). Latvijā kopā veikti 35881 izmeklējumi, infekcija apstiprināta 727 personām.— SPKC.gov.lv (@SPKCentrs) April 19, 2020
You can read [in English] the current emergency regulations introduced by the government to tackle the spread of coronavirus at the government website. As reported by LSM earlier, the regulations were further extended following a government meeting March 29, enforcing a two-person, two-meter rule for physical social interactions. The relevant section of the regulations can be read in English in our earlier story.
On April 7 the existing state of emergency and special regulations were extended until May 12.
There is a dedicated official COVID-19 website available with a variety of relevant information and contacts available in Latvian and Russian.
The Health Ministry also has this Latvian-language PDF file containing a long list of useful telephone numbers and other contact details. 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 disease, symptoms and medical procedures and an interactive map plotting the incidence and distribution of the disease in Latvia,