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272 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed Monday in Latvia

On Monday, March 1, Latvia recorded 272 new cases of Covid-19, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).

The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 86,458.

Of 3,451 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 7.9% were positive, practically the same as the 7.8% ratio the day before. 4% is regarded as the threshold rate at which the virus is spreading in an uncontrolled manner.

Monday's case total is usually the lowest of the week due to the smaller number of tests carried out on Sundays.

The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants remained just below the 500 threshold, inching down from 496.9 Sunday to 496.6 Monday. Anything over 200 is rated as a "very high risk" situation.

Unfortunately three more deaths were also confirmed March 1. One victim was aged 50-59, one was aged 70-79 and one was aged 80-89.

A total of 1,618 people have now died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic according to official statistics

The National Health Service (NVD) said that on February 28 just 70 people received a first vaccination dose while a single person received a second dose. In all 45,049 people have received a first dose and 17,016 have received two doses.

759 patients are currently being treated for coronavirus symptoms in Latvian hospitals, of which 77 are displaying serious symptoms.

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.

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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