Latvia on December 20 recorded 643 cases of COVID-19, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic rising to 30,940 on Sunday.
The highest daily total remains 1,040 cases recorded on December 17.
Of 5,545 tests carried out in the previous 24 hours, 11.6% were positive, up on the 8.7% figure of Saturday.
Pēdējo 24h laikā: veikti 5545 Covid-19 izmeklējumi; reģistrēti 643 jauni inficēšanās gadījumi; miruši 12 cilvēki (divi vecumā no 50-55 gadiem, trīs vecumā no 70-80 gadiem, četri vecumā no 80-90 gadiem, trīs vecumā no 90-95 gadiem). — SPKC.gov.lv (@SPKCentrs) December 20, 2020
Unfortunately, twelve more deaths were also confirmed Sunday. Two victims were aged 50-55, three were aged 70-80, four were aged 80-90, and three were aged 90-95.
So far 439 people have died from the coronavirus in Latvia since the start of the pandemic.
All three Baltic states continue to battle the virus. On December 20, Estonia reported 579 new cases of coronavirus and four deaths, while Lithuania remains particularly hard-hit with 2,927 new cases and 14 deaths confirmed Sunday.
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 .