244 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Latvia

Monday January 18 brought another 244 new cases of Covid-19 to Latvia, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).

The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic stands at 55,908.

The highest daily total so far remains December 31, when 1,861 new infections were confirmed.

Monday's total is generally the lowest of the week due to a reduced number of tests carried out on Sunday.

Of 3,423 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 7.1% were positive, down on the 8.6% rate the previous day.

Five more deaths were also confirmed. Of those, two victims were aged 65-75, two were aged 75-85 and one was aged 85-90.

In total 983 people have now died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. 

According to the National Health Service (NVD), 1,172 Covid-19 patients are currently being treated in hospital. 99 of those have severe symptoms of the disease.

NVD also said that 119 people received the Covid-19 vaccine during the previous 24 hours, taking the total number so far to 15,756.

On January 18, Lithuania reported 476 new cases of coronavirus and in Estonia the figure was 265.

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

You can read the full text of the emergency laws in English via our earlier story.

You can read about the curfew conditions HERE.

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 February 7 and the current "quiet period" restrictions regarding Covid-19 until January 25. 

The number for medical emergencies is 113.

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. From January 15 arrivals will also need to show a negative Covid-19 test from a maximum 72 hours before arrival or proof of vaccination.

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