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178 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Latvia

On Monday March 15, Latvia recorded 178 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 93,959.

Monday's figures are generally the lowest of the week in absolute terms due to a smaller number of tests carried out on Sundays. 

Of 3,635 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 4.9% were positive, virtually the same as the 5% rate the day before. 4% is regarded as the threshold rate at which the virus is spreading in an uncontrolled manner.

The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants dropped from 398.1 Sunday to 393.7 Monday, continuing a steady and encouraging downward trend.

Anything over 200 is classed as a "very high risk" pandemic situation under the government's four-stage "traffic light" system.

Unfortunately two more deaths were also confirmed March 15. One victim was aged 40-49 and one was aged 80-89 years.

A total of 1,767 people have now died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic according to official statistics.

March 14 saw just 64 people getting a first vaccination in Latvia and no-one at all getting a second dose. So far 79,054 people have received a first shot and 18,114 a second dose.

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.

March 8 brought the launch of a new (Latvian language) hotline 8989 which allows people to both register for vaccination and receive answers to questions about the process of vaccination.

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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