64 deaths in one day as Covid-19 crisis grows in Latvia

Latvia endured its deadliest day of the Covid-19 pandemic so far October 28 with 64 virus-related fatalities reported in a single 24-hour period. The previous highest daily death toll was 44 fatalities recorded on December 27, 2020.  

In all 2,919 new cases of Covid-19 infection were recorded October 28, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). Of that number, 2,066 were unvaccinated persons, or persons not fully vaccinated, and 853 were fully vaccinated. The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 211,702.

Of 24,032 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 12.1% were positive. The 14-day cumulative morbidity rate reached yet another record level at 1,764.4 cases per 100,000 of population.

Among the 64 dead, one victim was aged 30-39 years, three were aged 40-49 years, two were aged 50-59 years, 16 were aged 60-69 years, 13 were aged 70-79 years, 23 were aged 80-89 years and six were aged 90-99 years.

Of the 64 fatalities, 55 were unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated and 9 were fully vaccinated, as the 7-day cumulative death rates grow alarmingly. The death toll since the start of the pandemic now stands at 3,173.

 

The level of hospitalizations continues to be a key indicator as hospitals are stretched to full capacity and beyond. Wednesday data show that 1,439 patients are being treated for Covid-19 symptoms in Latvia's hospitals. Of that number, 183 patients are displaying serious symptoms.

The epidemiological situation in all three Baltic states continues to be serious. Lithuania recorded over 3,300 cases and 34 deaths Thursday and Estonia recorded nearly 2,000 cases and 8 deaths.

 

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 and in our story here.

You can find the latest Covid-19 statistics at this official website.

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 includes an English-language version. See this earlier story for a simple summary of what to do. You are allowed to break lockdown to travel to and from vaccination.

If you have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, or you have fully recovered from a confirmed case of it, you can obtain a digital certificate attesting to your status at the website https://covid19sertifikats.lv/.

Latvia is also part of the European Union's wider Covid-19 certification scheme. 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. For the latest rules on entry and exit rules for international travellers, see this webpage for details of the latest country-specific entry regulations.

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