1,853 new Covid-19 cases Tuesday in Latvia

Latvia recorded 1,853 cases of Covid-19 on October 19 according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).

Of positive cases confirmed Tuesday, 1,394 were unvaccinated persons, or persons not fully vaccinated, and 459 were fully vaccinated. The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 188,722.

Of 17,194 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 10.8% were positive.

The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants continued its rapid increase, climbing from  1,307.2 Monday to 1,351.8 Tuesday, which further raises the record since the start of the pandemic. 

In terms of morbidity, Latvia now has the highest rate in the world, based on 7-day figures (see graph above). Additionally the reproductive rate (R) of Covid-19 infection rose again to 1.33 last week (1.28 a week earlier), indicating that the disease continues to spread.

Unfortunately there was also confirmation of 23 more Covid-related deaths. All of the deceased were aged over 40 years. This is the highest single daily death toll since February 23 when 24 fatalities were recorded. The death toll since the start of the pandemic now stands at 2,920.

With the infection wave continuing to strengthen, the level of hospitalizations continues to be a focus of attention as hospitals come under intense pressure. Monday data show that 1,114 patients are being treated at Latvia's hospitals, of whom 133 are displaying serious symptoms.

The epidemiological situation in all three Baltic states continues to be serious. Lithuania recorded more than 2,200 cases during the last 24 hours and Estonia recorded more than 1,000 cases.


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. With a four-week lockdown due to start later this week on October 21, this information is likely to be updated soon.

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.

There is also a website to register for vaccination, https://manavakcina.lv/ which includes an English-language version. See this earlier story for a simple summary of what to do.

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.

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