Latvia records three deaths from COVID-19

115 new cases of COVID-19 and three deaths were recorded in Latvia October 19, taking the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 3,609.

All three of the latest victims were in the 65 to 85 age bracket.

The Disease Prevention and Contol Center (SPKC) said 4,171 tests were conducted during the previous 24-hour period. 2.8% of tests conducted were positive (up from 2.0% the previous day). This last figure is becoming increasingly important as a measure of Latvia’s ability to control the spread of the coronavirus. More than 3% means that the disease is spreading uncontrollably.

So far 1,341 patients have recovered from infection. According to SPKC data there were 42 deaths on October 19, so the new deaths would take the toll to 45 fatalities.

On October 19 the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of population was in 71.0 Latvia, 90.9 in Lithuania and 35.6 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 last Friday of 61.9.

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  .

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.


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