Number of COVID-19 cases in Latvia rises to 493

The number of confirmed cases of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Latvia increased to 493 on Friday, April 3.

A further 35 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Latvian territory, raising the total number of cases from 458 on Thursday to 493 on Friday.

The new figure was released by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) which said 1,364 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period.

In total 18,198 tests have been carried out since February 29.

31 patients are in hospital, most of whom have moderate symptoms of the disease but 3 of whom are in a serious condition.

Meanwhile state Police said they had carried out 1,999 checks on potential breaking of the emergency laws - such as violating compulsory self-isolation - during the last 24 hours and had filed 25 reports as a result. They continued to urge the public to act responsibly.

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

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.

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