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177 new cases of coronavirus confirmed Monday in Latvia

On Monday, March 22, Latvia recorded 177 new cases of Covid-19, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). 

The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 97,586, with the 100,000 mark likely to be hit in coming days.

Of 3,266 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 5.4% were positive, virtually the same as the 5.3% rate the day before. 4% is regarded as the threshold at which the virus is spreading in an uncontrolled manner.

In absolute numbers, Mondays generally bring the lowest case count of the week due to fewer tests being carried out on Sundays. 

The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants dropped very slightly from 371.0 Sunday to 370.1 Monday. Anything over 200 is classed as a "very high risk" pandemic situation under the government's four-stage "traffic light" system.

Two more deaths were also confirmed March 22. Both victims were aged 70-79 years.

A total of 1,828 people have now died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic according to official statistics.

Meanwhile on March 22 Lithuania added 318 new cases of Covid-19 to its total, and Estonia added 993 new cases.

 

Covid-19 information

You can find all the latest Covid-19 statistics, including breakdowns by geographic location and age, at this official website

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

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. Physical distancing and frequent hand washing and sanitary cleaning habits are encouraged.

The current state of emergency runs until April 6.

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. There is also a website to register for vaccination, https://manavakcina.lv/ which is currently available in Latvian and Russian. An English-language version is slated for mid-to-late April. 

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. Until April 6, entry to Latvia is only allowed for the reasons listed in our other story

Since January 15 arrivals have needed to show a negative Covid-19 test from a maximum 72 hours before arrival.

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