Latvia's coronavirus case total rises by 314

January 2 in Latvia saw 314 new Covid-19 cases recorded, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).  The lower figure than in recent days is explained by a reduced number of tests on New Year's Day.

The highest daily total so far was on December 31, when 1,861 new infections were confirmed.

The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 41,929.

Of 2,498 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 12.6% were positive.

Sadly, 24 deaths were also confirmed. Of those, two victims were aged 45-55 years, nine were aged 60-70, four were aged 70-80, seven were aged 80-90 and two were aged 90-95.

In total 668 people have died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

According to the National Health Service (NVD) 1,133 patients are currently being treated for coronavirus symptoms in Latvia's hospitals. Of that number 66 patients have serious symptoms.

Meanwhile in Lithuania 1,493 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded, and in Estonia the figure was 383 cases. 

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 which includes the latest updates to regulations over the Christmas and New Year period. Use of nose and mouth coverings is compulsory in all public places indoors, including workplaces, and there are restrictions on what goods can be bought from stores.

As reported previously by LSM, the full regulations relating to the current state of emergency in force are available to read online in English translation. You can read about the recently-introduced curfew conditions for the New Year period in English HERE.

The number for medical emergencies is 113.

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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