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477 new Covid-19 cases, 8 deaths in Latvia

On Friday, May 21, Latvia recorded 477 new cases of Covid-19 infection, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).

The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 130,271.  

Of 15,458 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 3.1% were positive, almost identical to the previous day's 3.0% rate.

In an encouraging sign, the 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants fell sharply from 434 Thursday to 405 Friday. Nevertheless, it is still more than double the 200 threshold classed as a "very high risk" pandemic situation under the government's four-stage "traffic light" system. 

Eight more deaths were also confirmed Friday, all of them of people aged 60 or above, taking the total death toll since the start of the pandemic to 2,309.

Meanwhile in Estonia 266 cases and 4 deaths were recorded May 21, and in Lithuania 664 cases and 6 deaths were logged.


Covid-19 information

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. Physical distancing and frequent hand washing and sanitary cleaning habits are encouraged.

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, which includes an English-language version.  See this earlier story for a simple summary of what to do.

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


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