The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 103,867.
The relatively small number of positive tests is explained by a smaller number of tests being carried out on Friday -- just 4,324 compared to 17,046 on Thursday.
Of those 4,324 tests, 6.5% were positive, nearly double the 3.4% rate the day before. 4% is regarded as the threshold at which the virus is spreading in an uncontrolled manner.
Meanwhile the 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants fell substantially from 370.3 Friday to 352.2 Saturday. Anything over 200 is classed as a "very high risk" pandemic situation under the government's four-stage "traffic light" system.
? Pēdējo 24h laikā:— SPKC.gov.lv (@SPKCentrs) April 3, 2021
▫️veikti 4324 Covid-19 izmeklējumi;
▫️reģistrēti 279 jauni inficēšanās gadījumi;
▫️saņemts ziņojums par 1 mirušo (60-69 gadu vecumā).
☑️Pozitīvo gadījumu īpatsvars pret testētajiem: 6.5%
☑️14 dienu kumulatīvais rādītājs uz 100 000 iedzīvotāju: 352.2
A single new death was confirmed April 3, of a victim aged 60-69 years.
A total of 1,922 people have now died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic according to official statistics.
649 people are currently being treated in Latvia's hospitals for coronavirus symptoms with 76 of that number displaying serious symptoms.
With mass vaccination centers due to open April 3, the need for them to do so was underlined by figures showing that on April 2 just 482 received Covid-19 vaccinations.
You can find all the latest Covid-19 statistics 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.
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 is currently available in Latvian and Russian. An English-language version is slated for mid-to-late April.
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.