COVID-19 case total for Latvia increases to 542

A further 9 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Latvian territory April 6, raising the total number of cases from 533 on Sunday to 542 on Monday.

The new figure was released by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) which said 773 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period.

In total 21,453 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 in a serious condition. So far two deaths linked to coronavirus infection have been recorded.

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.

There is also a dedicated official COVID-19 website with a variety of relevant information and contacts available in Latvian and Russian.

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.

Meanwhile the virus continues to spread in neighboring Estonia and Lithuania. ERR News reports that there are around 1,100 cases in Estonia, and Prime Minister Jüri Ratas addressed the nation on the matter Sunday night, warning that the crisis was far from entering its final phase.

In Lithuania LRT English reports there are currently 843 cases, with 14 deaths.

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