COVID-19 case total increases by 161 in Latvia

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On October 22 Latvia recorded 161 new cases of COVID-19, taking the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 3,958. There were also two more deaths, both victims being in the 80 to 95 age bracket.

The Disease Prevention and Contol Center (SPKC) said 5,510 tests were conducted during the previous 24-hour period, a new daily record. 2.9% of tests conducted were positive (down from 3.5% the previous day).

This last figure is becoming increasingly important as a measure of Latvia's ability to control the spread of the coronavirus. More than 3% means that the disease is spreading uncontrollably.

So far 1,357 patients have recovered from infection. There have been 48 deaths.

Meanwhile the National Health Service (NVD) reported a record number of patients being treated in hospital, with the number passing 100 for the first time. 105 patients are being treated, 98 of whom have moderate symptoms of the disease while seven display severe symptoms.

On October 22 Lithuania registered 424 new cases of coronavirus while in Estonia the figure was 76.

On October 21 the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of population was in 73.7 Latvia, 102.8 in Lithuania and 35.3 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 is now pegged to Latvia's own rate last Friday of 61.9. It is revised each Friday.

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.

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.


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