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669 new Covid-19 cases added to total Tuesday in Latvia

On Tuesday February 23, Latvia recorded 669 new cases of Covid-19, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).

The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 82,462.

Of 12,678 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 5.3% were positive, down on the 8.2% ratio the day before. 4% is regarded as the threshold rate at which the virus is spreading in an uncontrolled manner.

The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants also dipped slightly from 508.7 to 502.9. 

Unfortunately 24 more deaths were also confirmed February 23. One victim was aged 30-39 years, on was aged 50-59, five were aged 60-69, six were aged 70-79, nine were aged 80-89 and two were aged 90-99. 

A total of 1,570 people have now died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic according to official statistics

The National Health Service (NVD) said 830 patients are currently being treated in Latvia's hospitals for symptoms of coronavirus, of whom 82 have serious symptoms.

The NVD also reported that on February 22 some 1,534 people received a first Covid-19 vaccine and 31 received a second shot. In total 30,753 people have now received a first dose and 16,814 a second dose.

February 23 saw more than 400 new cases recorded in Lithuania while the situation in Estonia appeared to be getting more serious again with more than 900 new cases confirmed.

Covid-19 information

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.

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 February 25, 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.

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