1,815 new Covid-19 cases, 8 deaths Saturday in Latvia

On January 8, 2022, Latvia recorded 1,815 new Covid-19 cases, according to the latest figures from the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). 

Of that total, 702 were unvaccinated persons, or persons not fully vaccinated, and 1,113 were fully vaccinated. The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 286,841.

Of 10,798 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 16.8% were positive. The 14-day cumulative morbidity rate per 100,000 population climbed steeply again from 735.3 Friday to 824.7 Saturday as the latest Omicron-fuelled infection wave spreads. The last time this indicator was above 800 was October 19, 2021.

Sadly, eight more Covid-related deaths were also confirmed. All of the victims were aged 50 years or over and two of them were fully vaccinated. The total death toll since the start of the pandemic now stands at 4,650.

🏥 Aktuālā statistika par stacionāros esošo Covid-19 pacientu ārstēšanu. Kopā stacionāros ārstējas 562 pacienti: 486 ar vidēji smagu slimības gaitu; 76 ar smagu slimības gaitu. Jauni gadījumi - 57. Pēdējo 24h laikā izrakstīti 52 pacienti. pic.twitter.com/aLLFv2Wwav

— NVD (@VMNVD) January 7, 2022

Friday data from the National Health Service show 562 patients being treated in hospital (down from 574 on Thursday) with 57 patients admitted and 52 discharged during the last 24 hours. 76 patients are displaying serious symptoms.

In the other Baltic states, Estonia had 228 hospitalized patients, 1,648 new cases and 3 deaths confirmed during the last 24 hours while in Lithuania there were more than 3,300 new cases and 16 deaths confirmed during the last 24 hours.

 

Covid-19 information

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 which includes current control measures.

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.

SPKC information phone (e.g., to find out more about the rules on self-isolation) +371 67387661.

There is also a website to register for vaccination, https://manavakcina.lv which includes an English-language version.

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

The Latvian Ministry of the Interior phone for questions on filling out the Covidpass.lv is +371 67219111.

For the latest rules on entry and exit rules for international travellers, see this webpage for details of the latest country-specific regulations.

The Facebook account of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is accessible here.

State Border Guard phone to get information on border crossing issues: +371 67075616.

Information about Covid-19 testing at Rīga Airport: https://www.riga-airport.com/for-passengers/covid-19-testing/en

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