The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 90,997.
Of 15,633 tests carried out in the last 24 hours (the second highest total since the start of the pandemic), 3% were positive, half the 6% rate the day before. 4% is regarded as the threshold rate at which the virus is spreading in an uncontrolled manner.
In another encouraging sign, the 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants dropped further from 457.7 Monday to 447.4 Tuesday, continuing a steady downward trend. 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 9, 2021
▫️veikti 15 633 Covid-19 izmeklējumi;
▫️reģistrēti 472 jauni inficēšanās gadījumi;
▫️saņemti ziņojumi par 6 mirušajiem (trīs cilvēki 70-79 gadu vecumā, divi 80-89 gadu vecumā, viens 90-99 gadu vecumā).
Unfortunately six more deaths were also confirmed March 9. Three victims were aged 70-79, and two were aged 80-89.
A total of 1,699 people have now died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic according to official statistics.
March 8 saw 1,443 people getting a first vaccination in Latvia, and 36 getting a second jab. So far 65,776 people have received a first shot and 18,038 a second dose.
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.
March 8 brought the launch of a new (Latvian language) hotline 8989 which allows people to both register for vaccination and receive answers to questions about the process of vaccination.
? No šodienas, zvanot pa bezmaksas tālruņa numuru 8989, ikvienam ir iespēja ne tikai reģistrēties vakcīnai pret Covid-19, bet arī saņemt atbildes uz aktuālajiem jautājumiem par vakcinācijas procesu.— Veselības ministrija (@veselibasmin) March 8, 2021
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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.