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Nearly 900 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Latvia

Latvia recorded 890 new cases of COVID-19 on December 10, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic rising to 23,706 on Thursday.

This is the third-highest number of cases recorded in a single day so far. The highest daily total remains 930 cases recorded December 3.

Of 9,642 tests carried out in the previous 24 hours, 9.2% were positive, up on the 8.1% figure the previous day.

Eleven more deaths were also confirmed. One victim was aged 55-60, three victims were aged 65-75, three were aged 75-85, and one was aged 95-100. So far 304 people have died from the coronavirus in Latvia since the start of the pandemic.

Meanwhile the National Health Service (NVD) said 744 ptients were being treated for coronavirus symptoms in hospitals. Of that number 704 have moderate symptoms, while 40 have serious symptoms.

The situation in all three Baltic states remains serious with rising case numbers. On December 10, Estonia reported 544 new cases of coronavirus and Lithuania reported another daily record for the second day in a row with 3,330 cases.

According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) on December 9 the cumulative 14-day number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of population was 438.1 in Latvia, 403.9 in Estonia and 1,115.3 in Lithuania.

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 all public places indoors, including workplaces.

As reported previously by LSM, the full regulations relating to the current state of emergency in force until January 11 are now 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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