7,204 tests were carried out in the previous 24-hours of which 8.9% were positive. That figure is up on the 5.4% rate the previous day.
The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 12,744.
Unfortunately seven more deaths were also recorded, with six victims aged 75 to 80 and one 90 to 95.
Pēdējo 24h laikā veikti 7204 COVID-19 izmeklējumi, reģistrēti 642 jauni inficēšanās gadījumi, 7 personas mirušas (sešas personas vecuma grupā no 75 līdz 85, viena no 90 līdz 95).— SPKC.gov.lv (@SPKCentrs) November 21, 2020
So far 1,557 patients have recovered from infection and 153 have died.
The SPKC subsequently added that the figures should be viewed in the context of the last seven days which included a national holiday and therefore saw some fluctuations in the figures. Over the last seven days the positve test rate was 6.6%, compared to 5,8% during the previous seven days.
The National Health Service (NVD) reported November 21 that 399 people are being treated for coronavirus symptoms in Latvia's hospitals. Of these 375 have moderate symptoms but 24 have serious symptoms.
Jauni Covid-19 gadījumi stacionāros – 43. Kopā stacionāros ārstējas 399 pacienti: 375 ar vidēji smagu slimības gaitu, 24 ar smagu slimības gaitu. Pēdējās diennakts laikā no stacionāra izrakstīti 52 pacienti – kopā 977.— NVD (@VMNVD) November 21, 2020
On November 21, the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of population was 240.9 in Latvia, 787.7 in Lithuania and 254.4 in Estonia, according to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
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 shops and many other public places.
As reported elsewhere by LSM, the full regulations relating to the current state of emergency in force until December 6 are now available to read online in an official English translation.
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.