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Saturday brings 660 more cases of COVID-19 in Latvia

Latvia recorded 660 new cases of COVID-19 on December 12, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic passing the 25,000 mark to reach 25,046 on Saturday.

The highest daily total remains 930 cases recorded December 3.

Of 8,936 tests carried out in the previous 24 hours, 7.4% were positive, up on the 6.6% figure the previous day.

Five more deaths were also confirmed. One victim was aged 70-75 years, two were aged 80-85 and two were aged 90-95. 

So far 324 people have died from the coronavirus in Latvia since the start of the pandemic.

Meanwhile the National Health Service (NVD) said 742 patients are being treated for coronavirus symptoms in Latvian hospitals. Of that number 34 are exhibiting serious symptoms.

In addition, officials are cranking up messaging about the virus and the role of the public in combatting it. The latest message says "We are all fighting against COVID-19, not with each other."

The situation in all three Baltic states remains serious. On December 12, Estonia reported 760 new cases of coronavirus and Lithuania reported another day with more than 3,000 cases, totalling 3,303.

According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) on December 12 the cumulative 14-day number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of population was 446.8 in Latvia, 425.2 in Estonia and 1,146.7 in Lithuania.

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 all public places indoors, including workplaces.

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 covidpass.lv.

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