Latvia reaches total of 124 cases of COVID-19 coronavirus

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The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in Latvia reached 124 on March 21.

A further 13 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Latvian territory, raising the total number of cases from 111 on Friday to 124 on Saturday.

The new figure was released by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) which said that of 1,241 tests during the previous 24-hour period, 13 were positive. It is the highest number of daily tests yet carried out.

In total 4,446 tests have been carried out since February 29.

It should be noted that so far no fatalities as a result of COVID-19 have been reported in Latvia.

A range of sweeping measures has been introduced in an effort to keep coronavirus at bay, including international travel restrictions and new regulations at retail points of sale

The full rules and regulations are available to read online in English, and all members of the public are urged to read them and comply in a spirit of solidarity. Social interactions are to be reduced to a minimum and frequent and careful hand-washing is urged as part of a policy characterised as "social distancing".

Relevant information in English is also available at the website of the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). Anyone who has recently returned from another country and suspects they may have developed coronavirus symptoms should call 8303 to arrange a test.

Health Minister Ilze Viņķele urged people to tell the complete truth when being interviewed about their movements amd contacts as part of the coronavirus testing procedure.

"It is forbidden to lie, conceal or misrepresent facts. The accuracy of the information you provide will determine the health of others," she wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile the authorities in Estonia and Lithuania have also updated their figures.

In Estonia the March 20 total was 283 cases of coronavirus. ERR News reports that as a result of the virus threat, Tartu University Hospital is expanding its emergency ward.

In Lithuania LRT News reports the first death from coronavirus has been recorded, of an elderly woman with pre-existing health problems. 69 cases of COVID-19 have been logged in Lithuania.

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