Latvia's coronavirus case count reaches 548

A further 6 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Latvian territory April 7, raising the total number of cases from 542 on Monday to 548 on Tuesday.

The new figure was released by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) which said 1,122 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period.

In total 22,575 tests have been carried out since February 29.

41 patients are in hospital, most of whom have moderate symptoms of the disease but 3 of whom are designated as being in a serious condition.

So far 2 deaths linked to coronavirus infection have been recorded.

You can read [in English] the current emergency regulations introduced by the government to tackle the spread of coronavirus at the government website. As reported by LSM earlier, the regulations were further extended following a government meeting March 29, enforcing a two-person, two-meter rule for physical social interactions. The relevant section of the regulations can be read in English in our earlier story.

On April 7 the government is expected to extend the state of emergency by a further one-month period, taking it into mid-May.

There is a dedicated official COVID-19 website with a variety of relevant information and contacts available in Latvian and Russian.

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The Health Ministry also has this Latvian-language PDF file containing a long list of useful telephone numbers and other contact details. The number for medical emergencies is 113, the number for enquiring about a COVID-19 test if you have developed some potential symptoms after returnign from oversease 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 disease, symptoms and medical procedures and an interactive map plotting the incidence and distribution of the disease in Latvia.

It has also produced these posters in Latvian, English and Russian underlining the importance of the "Two-meter, two-person" rule in combating the spread of COVID-19.

Latvian State Police reported April 7 they had carried out 1,642 checks during the previous 24 hours on potential violations of emergency laws, writing up 23 records as a result, and reminding everyone to keep their distance from each other.

Meanwhile in Lithuania, LRT English reports that 37 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Lithuania over Monday, bringing the total number to 880.

In Estonia, ERR News said on April 6 the country recorded 11 news cases. The number of people hospitalized with the virus is 129 and the total number of confirmed cases in Estonia now stands at 1,108.

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