Latvia's coronavirus case count reaches 26

Several additional cases of COVID-19 coronavirus were confirmed on Latvian territory Saturday morning, bringing the total to 26 cases so far.

The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) reeleased its daily update stating that 258 laboratory tests were carried out during the pervious 24-hour period, of which 9 were positive. Consequently the number of confirmed cases since February 29 stands at 26, with a total of 666 people tested during that period.

The SPKC also used Saturday to publish a map showing the incidence of cases by geographic region within Latvia.

March 13 saw a raft of sweeping measures introduced in an effort to keep coronavirus at bay as much as possible. The full rules and regulations are available to read online in English, and all members of the public are urged to comply in a spirit of solidarity. Social interactions are to be released to a minimum and frequent and careful hand-washing is urged.

An emergency meeting of the Latvian cabinet and the Crisis Management Council has been called for 15:00 in Rīga, after which it is expected that border restriction measures will be announced.

Meanwhile ERR News reports that the number of cases in Estonia has risen to 109 and tourists are advised not to visit the country until further notice.

In Lithuania, LRT News reports a total of 7 cases have been confirmed as the government decided to impose travel restictions at the national border.

Poland has announced the closure of its borders as a precautionary measure from Sunday. There are 81 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Poland so far.


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