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Latvia's COVID-19 case total rises by more than 350 again

Latvia confirmed 357 new cases of COVID-19 on November 6, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), bringing the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 7,476.

It is the second-largest daily tally of new cases yet recorded, following a record high of 367 cases just 24 hours earlier.

Seven deaths were confirmed. One victim was aged 45 to 50, five people were aged 80 to 95 and one person was aged 65 to 70.

Of 7,018 tests carried out, 5.1% were positive, up on the 4.9% rate the previous day. A rate of more than 3% is regarded as an indication that the disease is spreading rapidly.

So far 1,444 patients have recovered from infection and 88 have died.

The National Health Service (NVD) said Latvia's hospitals have 258 patients being treated for coronavirus symptoms at the moment (up on 244 the previous day), of whom 247 are displaying moderate symptoms while 11 have serious symptoms. 

On November 5, the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of population was 153.9 in Latvia, 352.6 in Lithuania and 87.7 in Estonia, according to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

On November 6 Estonia announced a new daily record with 241 new cases and Lithuania also announced a new record number of cases with 1,656 confirmed cases as the coronavirus picks up pace across the Baltic states.

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.

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.

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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