Number of coronavirus cases in Latvia increases to 305

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The number of confirmed cases of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Latvia increased to 305 on March 28.

A further 25 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Latvian territory, raising the total number of cases from 280 on Friday to 305 on Saturday.

The new figure was released by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) which said 1,046 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period.

In total 12,748 tests have been carried out since February 29.

21 patients are in hospital with the disease, 3 of whom are rated to be in a serious condition, the SPKC added.

Meanwhile, State Police said during the last 24 hours they had carried out 742 checks relating to violations of the emergency regulations and had started 24 procedures as a result. "Be responsible and stay at home," they urged, 

Rīga municipal police have also announced they will have an increased presence on city streets this weekend to ensure people follow rules regarding social distancing and do not congregate in large numbers. 

"In order to avoid the further spread of the Covid-19 virus, the administration and municipal police specifically encourage residents to avoid walking and sporting activities in popular places such as Lucavsala, Mežaparks, Vecaki, Kengarags promenade, etc. Families with children should not go to children's playgrounds. Physical distance is very important right now and must be respected even in warm and sunny weather!" said a statement from the Rīga municipality.

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

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

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.

In neighboring Estonia ERR News reports the number of coronavirus cases reached 575, with one death, on March 27.

In Lithuania on March 27 LRT English reports the coronavirus total is 358, with five deaths.

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