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COVID-19 case total rises by nearly 400 on Monday in Latvia

Latvia on December 21 recorded 395 new cases of COVID-19, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic rising to 31,335 on Monday.

The highest daily total remains 1,040 cases recorded on December 17. Monday's figures are usually the lowest of the week due to a smaller number of tests being carried out on Sundays.

Of 3,730 tests carried out in the previous 24 hours, 10.6% were positive, down slightly on the 11.6% figure of Sunday.

Unfortunately, four more deaths were also confirmed Monday. One victim was aged 55-60, one was aged 65-70 and two were aged 80-85.

So far 443 people have died from the coronavirus in Latvia since the start of the pandemic.

According to the National Health Service (NVD), the number of people being treated in hospital for coronavirus symptoms is approaching the 1,000 mark. 983 people are being treated of whom 56 are exhibiting serious symptoms. 

All three Baltic states continue to battle the virus. On December 21, Estonia reported 287 new cases of coronavirus and seven deaths, while Lithuania remains one of the hardest-hit countries in Europe with 2,130 new cases and 20 deaths confirmed Monday. 

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 which includes the latest updates to regulations over the Christmas and New Year period. Use of nose and mouth coverings is compulsory in all public places indoors, including workplaces, and there are restrictions on what goods can be bought from stores.

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