More coronavirus tests come up negative in Latvia

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The latest batch of tests performed by the Disease Prevention and Control Center have all come up negative for COVID-19 coronavirus, the health agency reported early on March 4 on social meda. 

A total of 152 people, including 20 children, have now been tested and only one positive test obtained. The last 24 hour period saw 21 tests conducted, all negative.

As previously reported by LSM, the condition of the one patient to test positive has improved considerably and a second test conducted on her came up negative, confirming she is now clear of the virus and can be discharged from hospital.

Meanwhile in Estonia a second case of coronavirus was confirmed, and like the first, it involved the patient flying via Rīga International Airport on Ryanair flight FR4714 on January 29.

The patient arrived on a flight from Bergamo in northern Italy to Riga on February 29 and used personal transport to continue their journey to Estonia, reported ERR News.

Up-to-date information [in Latvian] is regularly posted on the website of the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) and SPKC social network accounts: Facebook ; Twitter and the Health Ministry social network accounts: Facebook ; Twitter .

For informtion in English, the best resource is the World Health Organization (WHO). 

People who have been to heavily affected areas such as parts of northern Italy, China, Singapore and Japan and who display flu-like symptoms upon their return to Latvia are advised not to visit their family doctor but to call the emergency number 113 instead so a test can be carried out.

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