COVID-19 case total for Latvia increases to 997

Latvia recorded 27 more cases of COVID-19 on May 16, increasing the total number of cases from 970 on Friday to 997 in Saturday.

Of that number, 21 cases originated at a single social care home in Mārsnēni, in the north of the country, with 17 residents and 4 staff affected. It is the highest daily total recorded since April 18 when 30 cases were confirmed.

No additional fatalities were recorded. 

The new figure was released by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) which said 1,946 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period. 

In total 87,377 tests have been carried out since February 29.

25 patients are in hospital, most of whom have moderate symptoms of the disease but 3 of whom are designated as being in a serious condition. 

So far 19 deaths of patients with coronavirus have been recorded and 662 patients have recovered from infection.

State Police said they carried out 1,652 checks related to the emergency rules during the last 24 hours, writing three tickets as a result. 

The Health Ministry said that despite certain emergency rules being relaxed in recent days, "The COVID-19 outbreak at the social care center confirms that the pandemic is not over, so we remind you to take precautions when planning your weekend!"

COVID-19 information

You can read the current emergency regulations introduced by the government to tackle the spread of coronavirus, in English, at the government website.

The full text of laws relating to the emergency situation and the powers given to the various public bodies is available in English at the national legislative database.

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. On May 7 the government met and announced further revisions to the emergency rules which you can read in this English-language translation.

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.

 

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