More than 400 cases of COVID-19 recorded in Latvia

Latvia confirmed more than 400 new cases of COVID-19 on November 7, setting a new daily record in the process.

According to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), 404 cases of COVID-19 were registered in 24 hours bringing the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 7,880.

It is the largest daily tally of new cases yet recorded, upping the previous a record high of 367 cases just 48 hours earlier.

One death was also confirmed. The victim was aged 80 to 85.

Of 6,651 tests carried out, 6.1% were positive, up on the 5.1% 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 96 have died.

The National Health Service (NVD) said Latvia's hospitals have 242 patients being treated for coronavirus symptoms at the moment (down on 258 the previous day), of whom 230 are displaying moderate symptoms while 12 have serious symptoms. 

On November 7, the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of population was 170.2 in Latvia, 416.7 in Lithuania and 106.1 in Estonia, according to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. The trend is upwards in all three Baltic states.

On November 7 Estonia announced 229 new cases and Lithuania announced 1,972 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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