COVID-19 case total rises by 74 in Latvia

Sunday, October 11 saw 74 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Latvia, a slight drop on the numbers in recent days but still among the highest since the start of the pandemic.

In total 2,670 cases of coronavirus have now been recorded in Latvia.

The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 3,345 tests were conducted during the previous 24-hour period.

In total 361,843 tests have been carried out since February 29.

So far 1,322 patients have recovered from infection and 40 have died.

Data from the National Health Service (NVD) show that the  umber of patients being treated in hospitals continues to rise. Currently, 61 patients are being treated in hospitals. 56 patients show moderate symptoms of the disease, five have severe symptoms.

On October 10 the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of population was 45.9 in Latvia, 56.3 in Lithuania and 52.2 in Estonia, according to data from the  European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

The threshold for the introduction of compulsory self-isolation upon arrival in Latvia is now pegged to Latvia’s own rate on Friday of 40.4. Effectively, arrivals from all European countries except Finland, Cyprus, Norway and the Vatican must self-isolate for 10 days.

Health officials are reminding the public not only of the importance of using a mask, but of using it correctly.

A useful 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.

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, symptoms and medical procedures and an interactive map   plotting the incidence and distribution of the disease in Latvia.

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