COVID-19 case total rises again by 251 in Latvia

On October 29 Latvia confirmed 251 new cases of COVID-19 for the second day in a row. Again, it is one of the highest daily figures yet recorded, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), being 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 5,395. One death was also confirmed, of an individual in the age bracket 85 to 90 years.

Of 5,105 tests carried out, 4.9% were positive, up on the 4.2% rate the previous day. A rate of more than 3% is regarded as an indication that the disease is spreading rapidly.

So far 1,406 patients have recovered from infection and 63 have died.

The National Health Service (NVD) provided an update if the situation in Latvia's hospitals. At the moment 197 persons are being treated in hospital, of which total 189 are displaying moderate symptoms while eight have serious symptoms.

On October 28 the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of population was 106.9 in Latvia, 178.8 in Lithuania and 42.0 in Estonia, according to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

October 29 brought the worst day yet in terms of new cases in Lithuania with 950 confirmed. In Estonia 82 new cases were registered.

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 covidpass.lv.

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