Latvia equals daily record of COVID-19 cases

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On October 21 Latvia recorded its joint-highest daily total of new coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic.

188 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded October 21, taking the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 3,797. There was no mention of additional deaths.

The same figure of 188 cases was also recorded October 17.

The Disease Prevention and Contol Center (SPKC) said 5,312 tests were conducted during the previous 24-hour period. 3.5% of tests conducted were positive (up from 2.8% the previous day). This last figure is becoming increasingly important as a measure of Latvia's ability to control the spread of the coronavirus. More than 3% means that the disease is spreading uncontrollably.

So far 1,341 patients have recovered from infection. According to SPKC data on October 20 there have been 46 fatalities.

Data from the National Health Service (NVD) showed 79 patients are being treated in hospital for COVID-19 (down from 83 yesterday). 73 are reported to have moderate symptoms but six have serious symptoms.

In Lithuania on October 21, 311 new cases of coronavirus were recorded, a new daily national record. In Estonia the total was 44 cases. 

On October 20 the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of population was in 71.3 Latvia, 87.4 in Lithuania and 35.3 in Estonia, according to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

The threshold for the introduction of compulsory self-isolation upon arrival in Latvia is now pegged to Latvia's own rate last Friday of 61.9. 

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.

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 virus.

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