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Covid case total increases by 712 in Latvia

Latvia recorded 712 new cases of COVID-19 on December 9, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic rising to 22,816 on Wednesday.

The highest daily total remains 930 cases recorded December 3.

Of 8,748 tests carried out in the previous 24 hours, 8.1% were positive, up on the 6% figure the previous day.

Five more deaths were also confirmed. Four victims were aged 70-80, and one was aged 85-90. So far 293 people have died from the coronavirus in Latvia since the start of the pandemic.

The situation in all three Baltic states remains serious with rising case numbers. On December 9, Estonia reported 547 new cases of coronavirus and Lithuania reported a record 3,128 cases.

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 all public places indoors, including workplaces.

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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