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Record number of COVID-19 infections confirmed in Latvia

Latvia recorded 930 new cases of COVID-19 on December 3 according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), the largest daily total yet recorded since the start of the pandemic.

Previously the highest daily total was 898 cases recorded on November 26.

The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 19,307.

Of 8,670 tests carried out in the previous 24 hours, 10.7% were positive, up on the 7.8% rate of the previous two days. 

Unfortunately, eleven deaths were also confirmed. Three victims were aged 55 to 65, five were aged 65 to 75, and three were aged 75 to 90.

So far 1,848 patients have recovered from infection and 235 have died.

The National Health Service (NVD) said 552 patients are being treated for coronavirus symptoms in Latvian hospitals. Of that number 503 have moderate symptoms and 49 have serious symptoms. 

The situation in all three Baltic states remains serious. On December 3, Estonia reported 451 new cases of coronavirus, while Lithuania reported a record 2,450 cases.

On December 2, the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of population was 352.8 in Latvia, 993.0 in Lithuania and 337.0 in Estonia, according to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

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. Use of nose and mouth coverings is compulsory in shops and many other public places.

As reported previously by LSM, the full regulations relating to the current state of emergency in force until January 11 are now available to read online in English translation. 

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.

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

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