New daily COVID-19 record for Latvia: 250 cases

On October 23 Latvia recorded 250 new cases of COVID-19, the largest daily total yet recorded since the start of the pandemic, according to the Disease Prevention and Contol Center (SPKC)

The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic has now passed the 4,000 mark to stand at 4,208. There was also one more death, the victim being in the 55 to 60 age bracket.

Even more worryingly, of 5,726 tests carried out (also a new record) 4.4% of tests conducted were positive, a significant jump on the 2.9% rate the previous day. A rate of more than 3% indicates that the disease is spreading uncontrollably.

So far 1,357 patients have recovered from infection. There have been 49 deaths.

Meanwhile the National Health Service (NVD) reported a record number of patients being treated in hospital, with the number rising from 105 patients to 113 patients overnight. Of that total 103 have moderate symptoms of the disease while ten display severe symptoms.

On October 23 Lithuania registered 442 new cases of coronavirus (also a new record) while in Estonia the figure was 53.

On October 22 the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of population was in 80.0 in Latvia, 98.6 in Lithuania and 34.4 in Estonia, according to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

The threshold for the introduction of compulsory self-isolation upon arrival in Latvia is currently pegged to Latvia's own rate last Friday of 61.9. It will be revised upwards later today.

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.

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.

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