Following a record 1,367 new cases of COVID-19 on December 30, that figure was exceeded December 31 with 1,861 new infections confirmed, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).
The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic passed the 40,000 mark as a result and now stands at 40,904.
Of 12,395 tests carried out, 15% were positive.
? Pēdējo 24h laikā:— SPKC.gov.lv (@SPKCentrs) December 31, 2020
▫️veikti 12 395 Covid-19 izmeklējumi;
▫️reģistrēts 1861 jauns inficēšanās gadījums;
▫️saņemti ziņojumi par 9 mirušajiem (divi cilvēki vecumā no 60-70 gadiem, divi vecumā no 70-80 gadiem, četri vecumā no 80-85 gadiem, viens vecumā no 95-100 gadiem).
Nine deaths were also confirmed. Of those, two victims were aged 60-70 years, two were aged 70-80, four were aged 80-85 and one was aged 95-100.
In total 635 people have died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.
According to the National Health Service (NVD) 999 patients are currently being treated for coronavirus symptoms in Latvia's hospitals, the first time the figure has dropped below the 1,000 mark for several days. Of that number 60 patients have serious symptoms while 939 have moderate symptoms.
Jauni Covid-19 gadījumi stacionāros – 137 (t. sk. 5 pārvesti). Kopā stacionāros ārstējas 999 pacienti: 939 ar vidēji smagu slimības gaitu, 60 ar smagu slimības gaitu. Pēdējās diennakts laikā no stacionāra izrakstīti 176 pacienti (t. sk. 5 pārvesti) – kopā 3493.— NVD (@VMNVD) December 31, 2020
Meanwhile in Lithuania 2,360 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded, and in Estonia the figure was 738 cases.
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 are available to read online in English translation. You can read about the recently-introduced curfew conditions for the New Year period in English HERE.
The number for medical emergencies is 113.
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.