Latvia coronavirus case total reaches 651

A further 21 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Latvian territory April 12, raising the total number of cases from 630 on Saturday to 651 on Sunday.

The new figure was released by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) which said 418 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period.

In total 28,214 tests have been carried out since February 29.

43 patients are in hospital, most of whom have moderate symptoms of the disease but 2 of whom are designated as being in a serious condition.

So far 5 deaths of patients with coronavirus have been recorded in Latvian hospitals, with two more possible cases outside hospital awaiting pathologists' reports, the SPKC said. 

You can read [in English] the current emergency regulations introduced by the government to tackle the spread of coronavirus 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 returnign from oversease 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.

Officials are continuing to urge people not to visit relatives or indulge in other mass gatherings during the Easter holiday period. Police said that during the last 24-hour period they carried out 1,895 checks on possible flouting of emergency regulations, filing 13 reports as a result. 

Meanwhile in Estonia, ERR News reports the number of coronavirus cases stood at 1,308 on April 11, with 24 deaths.

In Lithuania LRT English reports the number of coronavirus cases stood at 1,026 with 23 deaths, also on April 11.

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