Number of coronavirus cases in Latvia rises to 111

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The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in Latvia has passed the 100 mark, it was confirmed March 20. A further 25 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Latvian territory, raising the total number of cases from 86 on Thursday to 111 on Friday.

The new figure was released by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) which said that of 528 tests during the previous 24-hour period, 25 were positive.

In total 3,205 tests have been carried out since February 29.

Later in the day a press briefing informed the public that among the number of new cases was someone employed at the Dailes theater in Rīga. There has been no risk to recent theater-goers, but the individual had been at work and so all people who had come into contact with them are being informed.

In addition, new graphics have been produced showing the geographic spread of the disease by municipality rather than region and also showing the age distibution. It should be noted that so far no fatalities as a result of COVID-19 have been reported in Latvia.

This is the map of geographic spread.

COVID-19 cases by municipality, March 20, 2020
COVID-19 cases by municipality, March 20, 2020

And this is the graph of age distribution, showing that there are still relatively few cases of infection among the very young and the elderly.

COVID-19 cases age distribution, March 20, 2020
COVID-19 cases age distribution, March 20, 2020

A range of sweeping measures has been introduced in an effort to keep coronavirus at bay, including international travel restrictions and new regulations at retail points of sale

The full rules and regulations are available to read online in English, and all members of the public are urged to read them and comply in a spirit of solidarity. Social interactions are to be reduced to a minimum and frequent and careful hand-washing is urged as part of a policy characterised as "social distancing".

Relevant information in English is also available at the website of the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). Anyone who has recently returned from another country and suspects they may have developed coronavirus symptoms should call 8303 to arrange a test.

Meanwhile the authorities in Estonia and Lithuania have also updated their figures.

In Estonia the March 19 total was 267 cases of coronavirus. ERR News reports that NATO troops entering and leaving the country are exempt from the 14-day quarantine requirement in order to maintain readiness for military operations.

In Lithuania LRT News reports that 48 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed March 20, with 14 new cases recorded on Thursday.

"One of the confirmed patients is a doctor who worked in a hospital in Ukmergė, a town some 80km north of Vilnius. The town's mayor said on Thursday that about 100 employees of the hospital who had been in contact with the doctor were told to self-isolate,” LRT said.

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