1,203 new cases were confirmed by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), the largest daily total since February 3. It is worth noting that around twice as many daily tests are being conducted now as were being conducted then. Nevertheless, the high figure is a stark reminder of the gathering pace of the latest infection wave.
Of the positive cases, 985 were unvaccinated persons, or persons not fully vaccinated, and 218 were fully vaccinated. The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 157,083.
Of 28,400 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 4.2% were positive.
The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants rose significantly, too, from 427.4 Tuesday to 454.1 Wednesday, to reach its highest level since mid-May.
📈 Pēdējo 24h laikā:— SPKC.gov.lv (@SPKCentrs) September 29, 2021
▫️veikti 28 400 Covid-19 izmeklējumi;
▫️reģistrēti 1203 jauni inficēšanās gadījumi, no tiem 985 nevakcinēti vai vakcinācijas kursu nepabeiguši, 218 vakcinēti;
There was also confirmation of six more Covid-related deaths. All of the deceased were aged 60 years or above.
The death toll since the start of the pandemic now stands at 2,706.
With the infection wave continuing to strengthen, the level of hospitalizations is becoming more of a focus. There are currently 461 people being treated for Covid-19 symptoms in Latvian hospitals, of which number 59 are displaying serious symptoms.
On September 28 a total of 3,123 people received a first vaccination dose, while 1,824 received a second dose. In all, 840,848 people have completed a course of vaccination.
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.
You can find the latest Covid-19 statistics at this official website.
The dedicated hotline for Covid-19 related inquiries (24 hours, 7 days a week) is 8345. The number for medical emergencies is 113.
There is a Latvian language hotline 8989 which allows people to both register for vaccination and receive answers to questions about the process of vaccination.
If you have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, or you have fully recovered from a confirmed case of it, you can obtain a digital certificate attesting to your status at the website https://covid19sertifikats.lv/.
Latvia is also part of the European Union's wider Covid-19 certification scheme.
All arrivals to the country (including returnees) need to fill in an electronic declaration prior to coming to Latvia. It is available at the website covidpass.lv.
For the latest rules on entry and exit rules for international travellers, see this webpage for details of the latest country-specific entry regulations.