COVID-19 case total for Latvia passes 5,000 mark

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On October 28 Latvia confirmed 251 new cases of COVID-19, one of the highest daily figures yet recorded, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). The figure is only just behind the record high of 259 cases recorded on October 24.

The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 5,144.

Of 6,015 tests carried out, 4.2% were positive, up significantly on the 2.7% rate the previous day. A rate of more than 3% is regarded as an indication that the disease is spreading uncontrollably, so the rise is particularly concerning.

So far 1,382 patients have recovered from infection and 63 have died.

On October 27 the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of population was 103.7 in Latvia, 168.2 in Lithuania and 41.1 in Estonia, according to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

October 28 brought worrying statistics from north and south of Latvia with Estonia recording 125 cases of COVID-19 and Lithuania recording 776 cases

The National Health Service (NVD) said 182 patients are currently being treated in hospitals. Of that number 175 have moderate symptoms of the disease but seven have serious symptoms.

Meanwhile the Health Ministry issued a reminder that masks should now be used in all public spaces indoors whenever possible.

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. Use of nose and mouth coverings is compulsory in shops and many other public places.

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.

All arrivals (including returnees) need to fill in an electronic declaration prior to coming to Latvia. It is available at the website

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