COVID-19 case count at record level for second day in a row in Latvia

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On October 24 Latvia recorded 259 new cases of COVID-19, the largest daily total yet recorded since the start of the pandemic, according to the Disease Prevention and Contol Center (SPKC). It breaks the record number of 250  recorded just 24 hours earlier.

The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 4,467.

There were  four more deaths. One victim was in the 45 to 50 age bracket and three in the 80 to 90 age range.

Also of concern, of 5,632 tests carried out 4.6% were positive, up on the 4.4% rate the previous day. A rate of more than 3% indicates that the disease is spreading uncontrollably.

So far 1,357 patients have recovered from infection. There have been 54 deaths.

Meanwhile the National Health Service (NVD) reported a record number of patients being treated in hospital, with the number rising from 113 patients to 127. Of that total 119 have moderate symptoms of the disease while eight display severe symptoms.

On October 23 the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of population was in 88.6 in Latvia, 119.7 in Lithuania and 37.1 in Estonia, according to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

The SPKC said at least nine of the latest cases were linked to an outbreak originating in the BIG7 nightclub in Liepāja and advised anyone who had been at the club since October 10 to monitor their health and report symptoms to their family doctor. Cases of coronavirus were reportedly detected in both employee and patrons of the club.

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.

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.

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