No increase in COVID-19 case total for Latvia

Latvia recorded zero new COVID-19 infections May 5, leaving the total number of cases unchanged at 896 on Tuesday. However, one more death was recorded.

The new figure was released by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) which said 686 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period, which was a national holiday. 

In total 66,150 tests have been carried out since February 29.

33 patients are in hospital, most of whom have moderate symptoms of the disease but 4 of whom are designated as being in a serious condition. 

So far 17 deaths of patients with coronavirus have been recorded and 348 patients have recovered from infection.

State Police said they carried out 1,653 checks about potential violations of emergency measures during the last 24 hours, writing 6 tickets as a result. They urged people to remain responsible and observe the 2-person, 2-meter distancing rules.

You can read the current emergency regulations introduced by the government to tackle the spread of coronavirus, in English, at the government website.

The full text of laws relating to the emergency situation and the powers given to the various public bodies is available in English at the national legislative database.

As reported by LSM earlier, the regulations were further extended following a government meeting March 29, enforcing a two-person, two-meter rule for physical social interactions. The relevant section of the regulations can be read in English in our earlier story.

On April 7 the existing state of emergency and special regulations were extended until May 12. The government has said it intends to review all the current emergency regulations on May 7.

There is a dedicated official COVID-19 website available with a variety of relevant information and contacts available in Latvian and Russian.

The Health Ministry also has this Latvian-language PDF file containing a long list of useful telephone numbers and other contact details. 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 disease, symptoms and medical procedures and an interactive map plotting the incidence and distribution of the disease in Latvia.

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