Number of coronavirus cases in Latvia rises to 139

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in Latvia reached 139 on March 22.

A further 15 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Latvian territory, raising the total number of cases from 124 on Saturday to 139 on Sunday.

The new figure was released by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) which said that of 681 tests during the previous 24-hour period, 15 were positive.

In total 5,127 tests have been carried out since February 29.

It should be noted that so far no fatalities as a result of COVID-19 have been reported in Latvia.

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.

Health Minister Ilze Viņķele urged people March 21 to tell the complete truth when being interviewed about their movements and contacts as part of the coronavirus testing procedure.

"It is forbidden to lie, conceal or misrepresent facts. The accuracy of the information you provide will determine the health of others," she wrote on Twitter.

Ja esat inficējies ar jauno koronavīrusu vai kļuvusi par kontaktpersonu un jūs iztaujā @SPKCentrs epidemiologi - sadarbojieties! Nav pieļaujama melošana, faktu noklusēšana vai sagrozīšana. No tā, cik precīzi sniegsiet informāciju, atkarīga citu cilvēku veselība.

— Ilze Viņķele (@Vinkele) March 21, 2020

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

In Estonia ERR News reports the March 21 coronavirus total stood at 306 confirmed cases. Three hundred and eight tests were conducted overnight from Friday to SAturday, of which 23 proved positive. A to.tal of 2,812 coronavirus tests have been carried out in Estonia since January 31

In Lithuania LRT News reports that another 16 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Lithuania on Saturday evening, bringing the country's total to 99, the Health Ministry said.

One of those infected is a pregnant resident doctor at Santaros Clinics in Vilnius, the hospital's general director, Feliksas Jankevičius, confirmed to LRT.lt.

Lithuania has also recorded the first fatality as a result of the coronavirus with the death of an elderly woman at Ukmergė hospital.

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