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Latvia adds more than 1,000 cases of COVID-19 in a single day

Latvia on December 16 recorded more than 1,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a single day for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

In all 1,023 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded on December 16, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic reaching 27,495 on Wednesday.

The previous highest daily total was 930 cases recorded December 3.

Of 9,887 tests carried out in the previous 24 hours, 10.3% were positive, sharply up on Tuesday's figure of 6.2% and Monday's figure of 7.5%.

In addition, twenty-five more deaths were confirmed. One victim was aged 50-55 years, six were aged 65-75, ten were aged 75-85, seven were aged 85-95 and one was aged 95-100. 

So far 382 people have died from the coronavirus in Latvia since the start of the pandemic.

According to the National Health Service (NVD), 833 patients are currently being treated for the symptoms of coronavirus in Latvian hospitals (slightly down on Tuesday's figure of 841). Of that number 792 have moderate symptoms, while 41 have serious symptoms.

All three Baltic states continue to battle the virus. On December 16, Estonia reported 590 new cases of coronavirus and three deaths, while Lithuania remains the hardest-hit with 3,418 new cases and 44 deaths confirmed Wednesday. Both Lithuanian figures are new daily records.

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 government is set to announce revised restrictions on December 17.

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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