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Sunday adds more than 500 new COVID-19 cases, 44 deaths in Latvia

Sunday brought more than 500 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Latvia, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).

The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic stands at 36,330 on December 27 after 511 new cases were confirmed during the previous 24 hours.

The highest case count in a single day so far is 1,270, recorded on December 24.

Of 5,054 tests carried out, 10.1% were positive.

Unfortunately 44 deaths were also confirmed. Of those, one victim was aged 35-40 years, three were aged 50-60, six were aged 60-70, ten were aged 70-80, twenty were aged 80-90, three were aged 90-95 and one was aged 100-105.

The SPKC later clarified that the figure of 44 did not only include deaths from the previous 24-hour period, but from several different days. 

In total 559 people have died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

According to the National Health Service (NVD), more than 1,000 patients are currently being treated in Latvia's hospitals for coronavirus symptoms. Of 1,010 patients, 954 have moderate symptoms while 56 are showing serious symptoms.

Meanwhile in Lithuania 1,668 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded December 27 and in Estonia the figure was 370 cases.

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 until January 11 are 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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