Latvia records lowest number of new Covid-19 cases since mid-March

  • 2020-04-07
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Latvia recorded six more Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, which is the lowest daily figure recorded since mid-March,  according to information released by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

The total number of Covid-19 cases recorded in Latvia so far has risen to 548. 

Of the 41 Covid-19 patients currently receiving treatment in hospital, 38 are cases of moderate severity and three are severe cases.

Altogether, 1,122 people were tested for Covid-19 during the last 24 hours. The total number of Covid-19 tests conducted so far reached 22,575.

The number of confirmed Covid-19 deaths in Latvia has risen to two. A pathologist's verdict is still being awaited about a client of the Christian homeless shelter Zilais Krusts (Blue Cross) in Riga. The man, who had a host of chronic diseases, died at the homeless shelter after testing positive for the coronavirus infection but not showing any severe symptoms.

As reported, Jurijs Perevoscikovs, head of the Infectious Disease Risk Analysis and Prevention Department at the Center for Disease Prevention and Control, told a press conference on Monday that while strict monitoring must continue, some of the measures adopted during the state of emergency could be eased.

At the same time, the epidemiologist said that easing some of the measures would not mean that the state of emergency is over. Asked about the potential extension of the state of emergency, Pervoscikovs said he said "it should continue for at least three weeks".

Latvia had time to prepare the healthcare system for Covid-19, said Perevoscikovs, explaining that appropriate security measures were now in place to control the spread of the virus at healthcare facilities. For instance, personal protective equipment in hospitals is more available now than before, he said.