15 new confirmed coronavirus cases registered in Latvia

  • 2020-03-17
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - 15 more persons in Latvia tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, thus, the total number of coronavirus cases has reached 49, the Center for Disease Prevention Control informs.

This is the largest number of cases registered in the country in a 24-hour period.

391 people have been tested for coronavirus during the past 24 hours, with 15 positive test results. In total so far 1,538 people have been tested in Latvia.

Uga Dumpis, chief infectious disease specialist at the Ministry of Health, said that this increase is not a particularly rapid one and was expected as the spread of the virus increases.

The infectologist predicted that the number of infected persons will increase with each passing day, and the effects of social distancing measures could only be felt after about five days due to the long incubation period of the disease.

As the specialist emphasized, it should be taken into account that many nationals have arrived in Latvia in the last days by plane and are currently being or will be screened for the virus. Examining these people is expected to unearth dozens or even hundreds of patients still in the incubation phase, Dumpis believes.

As reported, in an effort to prevent Covid-19 from spreading further in Latvia, a state of emergency came into force on March 13, setting a number of tough restrictions. The state of emergency is in force until April 14.

Also, the government decided that all international passenger transportation will be suspended from March 17 to April 14. This includes all international air, rail, sea and road passenger transportation.

All sports, entertainment, cultural and other recreational facilities must be closed by 11:00 p.m. during the state of emergency period. All commemorative, entertainment, cultural, sporting and recreational activities, including those in nightclubs and discotheques, as well as rallies, marches, pickets and religious activities, will be prohibited, regardless of the number of participants.

The government also decided to limit disorganized gatherings at cultural, entertainment, leisure, sports and religious venues to 50 persons or less.