Nearly 700 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Latvia

Latvia recorded 690 new cases of COVID-19 on December 2 according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), bringing the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 18,377.

It is the third-highest daily total yet recorded. The highest daily total remains the 898 cases recorded on November 26.

A new record of 9,002 tests were carried out in the previous 24 hours of which 7.8% were positive, exactly the same as the rate the previous day. 

Unfortunately fourteen deaths were also confirmed, the highest daily death toll so far. Four victims were aged 60 to 75, four were aged 75 to 85, and six were aged 85 to 95.

So far 1,823 patients have recovered from infection and 224 have died.

The situation in all three Baltic states remains serious. On December 2, Estonia reported 524 new cases of coronavirus, a new daily record, while Lithuania reported morethan 2,000 cases.

On Decemner 1, the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of population was 335.4 in Latvia, 952.1 in Lithuania and 336.6 in Estonia, according to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

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.

As reported elsewhere by LSM, the full regulations relating to the current state of emergency in force until December 6 are now available to read online in an official English translation. 

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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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