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Record daily COVID-19 case counts in all three Baltic states

Wednesday saw 1,367 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Latvia, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). This is a new daily record, exceeding the 1,270 cases recorded on December 24.

The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic stands at 39,043 on December 30

Of 11,971 tests carried out, 11.4% were positive.

Unfortunately 23 deaths were also confirmed. Of those, four victims were aged 55-65, eight were aged 70-80, ten were aged 80-90 and one was aged 90-95.

In total 626 people have died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

According to the National Health Service (NVD) 1,058 patients are currently being treated for coronavirus symptoms in Latvia's hospitals. The figure is just one fewer than the previous day. Of that number 60 have serious symptoms.

Meanwhile in Lithuania 3,934 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded, plus 75 deaths on December 30 and in Estonia the figures were 968 cases and 5 deaths. Consequently all three Baltic states recorded new daily highs Wednesday in terms of case counts during the previous 24 hours.

COVID-19 information

A summary in English of the latest COVID-19 situation including restrictions in place and rules on public assembly is available at this special government website which includes the latest updates to regulations over the Christmas and New Year period. Use of nose and mouth coverings is compulsory in all public places indoors, including workplaces, and there are restrictions on what goods can be bought from stores.

As reported previously by LSM, the full regulations relating to the current state of emergency in force are available to read online in English translation. 

The number for medical emergencies is 113.

There is also an information line to answer any questions you might have about the veracity of facts about COVID-19 on 8345.

The SPKC has information in English about the approved methods of protecting yourself from the virus.

All arrivals (including returnees) need to fill in an electronic declaration prior to coming to Latvia. It is available at the website covidpass.lv.

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