Latvia's coronavirus case count reaches 675

An additional 9 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Latvian territory April 16, raising the total number of cases from 666 on Wednesday to 675 on Thursday.

The new figure was released by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) which said 1,406 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period.

In total 31,302 tests have been carried out since February 29.

45 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 5 deaths of patients with coronavirus have been recorded in Latvian hospitals.

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 existing state of emergency and special regulations were extended until May 12.

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

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 returning from overseas 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,

Meanwhile State Police said that during the last 24-hour period they carried out 2.002 checks on possible flouting of emergency regulations, writing 17 tickets as a result. Penalties for individuals breaking compulsory quarantine run to a maximum 2,000 euro fine.

In neighboring Lithuania the COVID-19 case total stands at 1,091 with 30 deaths on April 15, reports LRT English, and the country has also published a four-stage exit plan for the current state of emergency.

In Estonia the total for April 15 was 1,400 cases with 35 deaths according to the Estonian Health Board. ERR News reports that the Estonian government has identified seven metrics to be used to judge the exit from the coronavirus emergency.

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