COVID-19 case total increases by 79 in Latvia

On October 26 Latvia recorded 79 new cases of COVID-19, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).

The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 4,757.

There were four more deaths. Two victims were in the age range 55 to 60 and two in the age range 80 to 95.

Of 2,237 tests carried out 3.5% were positive, down on the 4.7% rate the previous day. A rate of more than 3% is regarded as an indication that the disease is spreading uncontrollably.

So far 1,357 patients have recovered from infection. There have been 56 deaths.

Meanwhile the National Health Service (NVD) reported a record number of patients being treated in hospital, with the number rising from 146 to 165. Of that total 158 people have moderate symptoms of the disease while seven display severe symptoms.

On October 25 the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of population was in 97.4 in Latvia, 129.4 in Lithuania and 38.1 in Estonia, according to data from the  European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control  .

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.

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.

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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