2,599 new Covid cases in Latvia on Wednesday

Latvia recorded 2,599 new cases of Covid-19 on October 20 according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).

Of positive cases confirmed Wednesday, 1,984 were unvaccinated persons, or persons not fully vaccinated, and 615 were fully vaccinated. The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 191,321.

Of 19,377 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 13.4% were positive.

The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants continued its steep ascent, climbing from 1,351.8 Tuesday to 1,400.8 Wednesday, which further raises the record since the start of the pandemic. 

Unfortunately there was also confirmation of 24 more Covid-related deaths with the youngest of the victims aged just 20-29 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 2,944.

With the infection wave continuing to strengthen, the level of hospitalizations continues to be a focus of attention as hospitals come under intense pressure. Latest data show that 1,162 patients are being treated at Latvia's hospitals, of whom 142 are displaying serious symptoms.

The epidemiological situation in all three Baltic states continues to be serious. Lithuania recorded more than 3,300 cases during the last 24 hours and Estonia recorded more than 1,300 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 on October 21, this information is likely to be updated soon, with the government scheduled to finalise the rules later on Wednesday.

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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