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COVID-19 case total increases by 686 in Latvia

Latvia recorded 686 new cases of COVID-19 on December 4 according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), below the highest daily total of 930 cases recorded twenty-four hours earlier.

The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 19,993.

Of 8,065 tests carried out in the previous 24 hours,  8.5% were positive, down on the 10.7% rate of the previous days. 

Seven deaths were also confirmed. Two victims were aged 70 to 80, two were aged 80 to 90 and three were aged 90 to 100.

So far 1,849 patients have recovered from infection and 242 have died.

The situation in all three Baltic states remains serious. On December 4, Estonia reported 470 new cases of coronavirus, while Lithuania reported a record 2,514 cases.

On December 4, the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of population was 395.1 in Latvia, 1,041.1 in Lithuania and 358.8 in Estonia, according to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, which added that from next week it will no longer issue daily updates, instead moving to "a weekly reporting schedule for the COVID-19 situation (both worldwide and in the EU/EEA and the UK) in December 2020 . All daily updates will be discontinued from 7 December, and from 10 December ECDC will publish updates on the number of cases and deaths reported worldwide and aggregated by week every Thursday."

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.

As reported previously by LSM, the full regulations relating to the current state of emergency in force until January 11 are now available to read online in 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.

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