Coronavirus case count reaches 589 in Latvia


A further 12 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Latvian territory April 9, raising the total number of cases from 577 on Wednesday to 589 on Thursday

The new figure was released by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) which said 1,422 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period.

In total 25,458 tests have been carried out since February 29.

38 patients are in hospital, most of whom have moderate symptoms of the disease but 3 of whom are designated as being in a serious condition. So far two deaths have been recorded in Latvia.

You can read [in English] the current emergency regulations introduced by the government to tackle the spread of coronavirus    at the government website  . As reported by LSM earlier, the    regulations were further extended   following a government meeting March 29, enforcing a two-person, two-meter rule for physical social interactions. The relevant section of the regulations can be read in English    in our earlier story  .

On April 7 the current state of emergency and current regulations were extended until May 12.

There is a dedicated official    COVID-19 website   available with a variety of relevant information and contacts available in Latvian and Russian.

The Health Ministry also has    this Latvian-language PDF file   containing a long list of useful telephone numbers and other contact details. The number for medical emergencies is  113 , the number for enquiring about a COVID-19 test if you have developed some potential symptoms after returnign from oversease 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 disease, symptoms and medical procedures    and an interactive map   plotting the incidence and distribution of the disease in Latvia.


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