Estonia, Latvia hit records for daily infections

TALLINN, Estonia — The Baltic nations of Estonia and Latvia say they have both registered a record daily number of COVID-19 infections since the start of the outbreak.

Health officials in Estonia said Wednesday the country of 1.3 million confirmed 208 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, putting the cumulative total to 5,333 cases with 73 deaths.

Latvia, Estonia’s southern neighbor, said Wednesday it also had seen record number of new coronavirus cases: 313 in the past 24 hours. Latvian health officials said the nation of nearly 2 million has now recorded 6,752 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 85 deaths.

Baltic News Service, the region’s main news agency, reported Tuesday that Latvia’s government has in principle agreed on declaring a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic — a decision that is expected to be formally taken up by the Cabinet.

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