Latvia's COVID-19 case total increases by 95

Monday, October 12 brought 95 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Latvia, a figure that is among the highest since the start of the pandemic.

In total 2,765 cases of coronavirus have now been recorded in Latvia.

The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 2,169 tests were conducted during the previous 24-hour period.

In total 364,012 tests have been carried out since February 29.

So far 1,325 patients have recovered from infection and 40 have died.

The SPKC said that "a significant part" of Monday's number was linked to an outbreak at Natalija Draudziņa Secondary School in Rīga.

Data from the National Health Service (NVD) show that the  number of patients being treated in hospitals continues to rise. Currently, 65 patients are being treated in hospitals, up from 61 on Sunday. 59 patients show moderate symptoms of the disease, six have severe symptoms.

On October 11 the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of population was 49.1 in Latvia, 59.7 in Lithuania and 51.4 in Estonia, according to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

The threshold for the introduction of compulsory self-isolation upon arrival in Latvia is now pegged to Latvia's own rate last Friday of 40.4. Effectively, arrivals from all European countries except Finland, Cyprus, Norway and the Vatican must self-isolate for 10 days. 

Health officials are reminding the public not only of the importance of using a mask, but of using it correctly.

Svarīgi ir ne tikai nēsāt masku, bet arī to darīt pareizi! pic.twitter.com/uJqbigJjYu

— SPKC.gov.lv (@SPKCentrs) October 10, 2020

COVID-19 information

A useful 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.

Cīņa ar #COVID19 izplatību nav noslēgusies - iepazīsties ar noteikumiem, kurus nepieciešams ievērot savas un sabiedrības veselības saglabāšanas nolūkā arī pēc ārkārtējās situācijas noslēguma! ☝🏼

🇱🇻: https://t.co/MlesbQD812
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🇷🇺: https://t.co/0kkd2fjtMd pic.twitter.com/4Olb79FUkr

— Valdības māja (@Brivibas36) June 10, 2020

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 virus, symptoms and medical procedures and an interactive map plotting the incidence and distribution of the disease in Latvia.

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