3,323 tests were carried out in the previous 24-hours of which 11% were positive. That figure is up substantially on a rate of 4.6% the previous day and is the highest yet recorded.
The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 11,722.
Unfortunately four more deaths were also recorded, with two victims aged 60 to 65 and two aged 85 to 95.
Pēdējo 24h laikā veikti 3323 COVID-19 izmeklējumi, reģistrēti 366 jauni inficēšanās gadījumi, 4 personas mirušas (divas personas vecuma grupā no 65 līdz 75, divas no 85 līdz 95).— SPKC.gov.lv (@SPKCentrs) November 19, 2020
So far 1,557 patients have recovered from infection and 141 have died.
The National Health Service (NVD) reported November 18 that 370 people are being treated for coronavirus symptoms in Latvia's hospitals. Of these 354 have moderate symptoms but 16 have serious symptoms.
Jauni Covid-19 gadījumi stacionāros – 45. Kopā stacionāros ārstējas 370 pacienti: 354 ar vidēji smagu slimības gaitu, 16 ar smagu slimības gaitu. Pēdējās diennakts laikā no stacionāra izrakstīti 49 pacienti – kopā 868.— NVD (@VMNVD) November 18, 2020
On November 19, Estonia reported 414 new cases of coronavirus.
On November 18, the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of population was 233.1 in Latvia, 695.1 in Lithuania and 219.5 in Estonia, according to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
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.
As reported elsewhere by LSM, the full regulations relating to the current state of emergency in force until December 6 are now available to read online in an official English translation.
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.
There is also an information line to answer any questions you might have about the veracity of facts about COVID-19 on 8345.
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 covidpass.lv.