COVID-19 death toll into double figures in Latvia

Another 13 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Latvian territory April 22, raising the total number of cases from 748 on Tuesday to 761 on Wednesday.

The new figure was released by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) which said 1,364 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period. 

In total 39,336 tests have been carried out since February 29.

42 patients are in hospital, most of whom have moderate symptoms of the disease but 5 of whom are designated as being in a serious condition. Of the 761 total case count, 133 have recovered.

So far 11 deaths of patients with coronavirus have been recorded, a marked increase on the 5 total deaths reported 24 hours earlier.

You can read the current emergency regulations introduced by the government to tackle the spread of coronavirus, in English, at the government website.

As reported by LSM earlier, the regulations were further extended following a government meeting March 29, enforcing a two-person, two-meter rule for physical social interactions. The relevant section of the regulations can be read in English in our earlier story.

On April 7 the existing state of emergency and special regulations were extended until May 12.

There is a dedicated official COVID-19 website available with a variety of relevant information and contacts available in Latvian and Russian.

The Health Ministry also has this Latvian-language PDF file containing a long list of useful telephone numbers and other contact details. 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 disease, symptoms and medical procedures and an interactive map plotting the incidence and distribution of the disease in Latvia.

State Police said Wednesday they had carried out 2,196 checks relating to the emergency regulations during the last 24-hour period, writing 18 tickets as a result. They reminded the public to maintain social distancing and to stay at home if possible.

Meanwhile in neigboring Estonia 42,213 tests have been performed, of which 1,552 (3.7%) have shown positive results, the Estonian Health Board said April 21. There have been 43 deaths.

In Lithuania LRT English reported another 24 coronavirus cases were confirmed in Lithuania on Monday, bringing the total count to 1,350, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday morning.

70,753 since the beginning of the epidemic and thirty-seven people have died of the virus in the country so far.

LRT also has a special report saying that respirators received from China were sub-standard and included faked papers.

 

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