Latvia records highest COVID-19 daily total so far

Latvia recorded its highest daily total of new COVID-19 cases so far on November 21 according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). In all 642 new cases were confirmed.

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.

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.

On November 21, Estonia reported 305 new cases of coronavirus and Lithuania recorded 1,983 cases.

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

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. 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.

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