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Latvia's COVID-19 case total passes 30,000

Latvia on December 19 recorded 870 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic passing the 30,000 mark to stand at 30,297 on Saturday.

The highest daily total remains 1,040 cases recorded on December 17.

Of 10,057 tests carried out in the previous 24 hours, 8.7% were positive, down very slightly on the 9.2% figure of Friday.

Unfortunately, 18 more deaths were also confirmed Saturday. One victim was aged 40-45 years, two were aged 55-60, one was aged 65-70, five were aged 70-75, two were aged 75-80, five were aged 80-85 and one person was aged 85-90.

So far 427 people have died from the coronavirus in Latvia since the start of the pandemic.

According to the National Health Service (NVD), 848 patients are currently being treated for the symptoms of coronavirus in Latvian hospitals. Of that number 796 have moderate symptoms, while 52 have serious symptoms.

All three Baltic states continue to battle the virus. On December 19, Estonia reported 561 new cases of coronavirus, while Lithuania remains particularly hard-hit with 3,219 new cases and 33 deaths confirmed Saturday. 

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 until January 11 are available to read online in 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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