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COVID-19 case total for Latvia increases by more than 100

October 8 saw the largest daily increase so far in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Latvia, with 109 new cases registered.

It is the first time since the start of the pandemic that more than 100 cases have been detected in a single day. The previous highest daily total was 95 cases, recorded on September 30.

In total 2,370 cases of coronavirus have now been recorded in Latvia.

No information was immediately provided about additional deaths. 

The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 4,416 tests were conducted during the previous 24-hour period, one of the largest numbers so far.

In total 349,237 tests have been carried out since February 29.

So far 1,322 patients have recovered from infection and 40 have died.

Later in the day the SPKC said that of the 109 new cases, 3 had been infected abroad (Germany, the United Kingdom and Poland), 65 people were infected from a known source and 41 cases were still being investigated.

Data from the National Health Service (NVD) show that 42 patients are being treated in hospitals: 37 with moderate symptoms of the disease, five with severe symptoms.


On October 8 the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of population was 35.9 in Latvia, 55.5 in Lithuania and 51.5 in Estonia, according to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

The threshold for the introduction of compulsory self-isolation upon arrival in Latvia was raised October 3 from 16 cases per 100,000 of population to 25. See our other story about the latest list of countries which require self-isolation for people arriving in Latvia. All European countries except Finland, Cyprus, Liechtenstein and the Vatican state currently require 10 days of self-isolation upon entry to Latvia. The country list is updated every Friday afternoon.

COVID-19 information

A useful 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.

Cīņa ar #COVID19 izplatību nav noslēgusies - iepazīsties ar noteikumiem, kurus nepieciešams ievērot savas un sabiedrības veselības saglabāšanas nolūkā arī pēc ārkārtējās situācijas noslēguma! ☝?


— Valdības māja (@Brivibas36) June 10, 2020

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, symptoms and medical procedures and an interactive map plotting the incidence and distribution of the disease in Latvia.

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