500 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed Sunday in Latvia

Sunday January 24 brought 512 new cases of Covid-19 in Latvia, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).

The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 61.008.

Of 5,506 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 9.3% of tests were positive, up on the 8.6% rate the previous day.

Sadly, 14 more deaths were also confirmed. Of those, one victim was aged 30-35,, one was aged 55-60, four were aged 70-80, seven were aged 80-90 and one was aged 90-95.

A total of 1,111 people have now died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. 

According to the National Health Service (NVD) more than 1,000 people remain receiving treatment in Latvian hospitals. Of 1,109 patients, 102 are described as exhibiting serious symptoms.

Covid-19 information

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

You can read the full text of the emergency laws in English via our earlier story.

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 February 7 and the current "quiet period" restrictions regarding Covid-19 has been extended until February 7. Friday nights and Saturday nights remain subject to a 22:00-05:00 curfew. You can read about the curfew conditions HERE.

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. From January 15 arrivals have needed to show a negative Covid-19 test from a maximum 72 hours before arrival or proof of vaccination or recovery from the coronavirus.

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