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New record number of COVID-19 infections in Latvia

Latvia on December 23 recorded 1,145 new cases of COVID-19, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic rising to 33,484 on Wednesday.

This is the highest case count in a single day so far. The previous highest daily total was 1,040 cases recorded on December 17.

Of 12,155 tests carried out in the previous 24 hours (the largest number carried out in a day so far), 9.4% were positive, down very slightly on the 9.8% figure of Tuesday.

Sadly, twenty more deaths were also confirmed Wednesday. One victim was aged 55-60 years, three were aged 60-70, two were aged 70-80, ten were aged 80-90, three were aged 90-100 and one was aged 100-105.

So far 465 people have died from the coronavirus in Latvia since the start of the pandemic.

According to the National Health Service (NVD), the number of people being treated in hospital for coronavirus symptoms continues to hover just below the 1,000 mark. 948 people are being treated of whom 48 are exhibiting serious symptoms. 

All three Baltic states face a challenging Christmas period. On December 23, Estonia reported 664 new cases of coronavirus (its third-highest daily total) and five deaths, while Lithuania remains one of the hardest-hit countries in Europe with 3,737 new cases and 50 deaths confirmed Wednesday. 

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 which includes the latest updates to regulations over the Christmas and New Year period. Use of nose and mouth coverings is compulsory in all public places indoors, including workplaces, and there are restrictions on what goods can be bought from stores.

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