Number of coronavirus cases in Latvia rises to 49

A further 15 cases of COVID-19 coronavirus were confirmed on Latvian territory March 17, raising the total number of cases significantly from 34 on Monday to 49 on Tuesday.

The new figure was released bythe Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) which said that of 391 tests during the previous 24-hour period, 15 were positive. It should be noted the number of tests conducted was considerably higher than in the last few days.

In total 1,538 tests have been carried out since February 29.

March 13 saw a raft of sweeping measures introduced in an effort to keep coronavirus at bay as much as possible, with further measures including international travel restrictions announced March 15, as previously reported by LSM. Latvia's borders were closed to public transport services from this morning, with the exception of repatriation services bringin Latvian residents home.

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 in a policy characterised as "social distancing".

Relevant information in English is also available at the website of the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).

In neighboring Estonia ERR News reports the introduction of strict border controls, though as reported by LSM Monday, an exception has been made for residents of the twin cities of Valka-Valga staddling the border itself. Estonia has most recently reported 205 cases of COVID-19.

In Lithuania, LRT News reports the number of confirmed cases has risen to 18 on March 17 from 14 on March 16. and border controls are also being imposed.

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