Record number of COVID-19 cases in Latvia for second day in a row

October 9 saw a record number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Latvia for the second day in a row with 137 new cases registered, following on from 109 cases on Thursday.

In total 2,507 cases of coronavirus have now been recorded in Latvia.

The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 4,551 tests were conducted during the previous 24-hour period, one of the largest numbers so far.

In total 353,788 tests have been carried out since February 29.

So far 1,322 patients have recovered from infection and 40 have died.

Data from the National Health Service (NVD) show that 47 patients are being treated in hospitals -- up from 42 patients on Thursday. 42 patients show moderate symptoms of the disease, five have severe symptoms.

On October 8 the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of population was 35.9 in Latvia, 55.5 in Lithuania and 51.5 in Estonia, according to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

The threshold for the introduction of compulsory self-isolation upon arrival in Latvia was raised October 3 from 16 cases per 100,000 of population to 25 -- though Latvia itself is now significantly above that figure. The country list is updated every Friday afternoon.

Shortly after Friday's figures were announced, Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš announced he was calling an immediate extraordinary cabinet meeting to address further anti-COVID measures.

 

COVID-19 information

A useful 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.

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The number for medical emergencies is 113, the number for enquiring about a COVID-19 test if you have developed some potential symptoms after returning from overseas or being in contact with someone confirmed as having coronavirus is 8303 and the SPKC COVID-19 advice helpline is 67387661.

The SPKC has information in English about the approved methods of protecting yourself from the virus, symptoms and medical procedures and an interactive map plotting the incidence and distribution of the disease in Latvia.

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