Latvia's COVID-19 case total increases by 442

Latvia recorded 442 new cases of COVID-19 on November 18, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).

7,857 tests were carried out in the previous 24-hours of which 5.6% were positive (up on a rate of 4.6% the previous day).

The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 11,356. 

Unfortunately five deaths were also recorded, with one victim aged 30 to 35, one aged 50 to 55, one aged 70 to 75 and two aged 80 to 90.

So far 1,557 patients have recovered from infection and 137 have died.

The National Health Service (NVD) reported November 18 that 370 people are being treated for coronavirus symptoms in Latvia's hospitals. Of these 354 have moderate symptoms but 16 have serious symptoms.

On November 18, Estonia reported 274 new cases of coronavirus, and Lithuania reported 1,935 new cases.

On November 17, the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of population was 227.5 in Latvia, 692.7 in Lithuania and 211.5 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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