The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 101,040.
Of 4,591 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 7.1% were positive, up on the 4.1% rate the day before, though far fewer tests were carried out Saturday than Friday. 4% is regarded as the threshold at which the virus is spreading in an uncontrolled manner.
The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants also rose slightly from 379.1 Saturday to 380.5 Sunday. 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) March 28, 2021
▫️veikts 4591 Covid-19 izmeklējums;
▫️reģistrēti 324 jauni inficēšanās gadījumi;
▫️saņemti ziņojumi par 6 mirušajiem (divi cilvēki 50-59 gadu vecumā, viens 60-69 gadu vecumā, viens 70-79 gadu vecumā, divi 80-89 gadu vecumā).
Six more deaths were also confirmed March 28. Two victims were aged 50-59 years, one was aged 60-69, one was aged 70-79 and two were aged 80-89 years.
A total of 1,878 people have now died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic according to official statistics.
The pace of vaccination also dropped over the weekend. On March 27, just 178 people received a first dose of vaccine and 314 received a second dose. So far 104, 379 people have received a first dose and 21,913 both doses.
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 which is now exactly one year old.
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.