COVID-19 case total for Latvia increases by 838

Tuesday saw more than 800 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Latvia, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).

The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic stands at 37,676 on December 29 after 838 new cases were confirmed during the previous 24 hours. The figure was up on the approximately 500 cases recorded during the last two days, but the number of tests conducted was also far greater.

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

Of 11,207 tests carried out, 7.5% were positive, a decrease on the 11.5% figure on Monday.

Unfortunately 25 deaths were also confirmed. Of those, one victim was aged aged 25-30, one was aged 45-50, three were aged 50-60, two were aged 60-65, twelve were aged 70-80, four were aged 80-85 and two were aged 90-95.

In total 603 people have died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

According to the National Health Service (NVD) 1,059 are currently being treated for coronavirus symptoms in Latvia's hospitals. Of that number 59 have serious symptoms.

Meanwhile in Lithuania 1,921 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded, plus a record 78 deaths on December 29 and in Estonia the figures were 478 cases and 8 deaths.

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.

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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