693 new Covid-19 cases confirmed in Latvia

The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 693 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Latvia January 26.

The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 61,924.

Of 12,552 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 5.5% of tests were positive, slightly down on the 5.7% rate the previous day. This percentage looks rather hopeful, given that the average positive test rate in Latvia last week was at 7.6% and at 8.5% two weeks ago.

Twelve more deaths were also confirmed January 26. Of those, three victims were aged 55-65, three were aged 70-80, and six were aged 80-90.

A total of 1,126 people have now died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. 

Meanwhile, National Health Service (NVD) said that 16 people had received the first dose of vaccine in the past 24 hours, and 645 people had received the second dose. As a result, 16,882 people have now been vaccinated once and 2,801 have received both jabs.

On January 25 Lithuania confirmed 686 new cases of coronavirus - almost exactly the same as Latvia - and Estonia confirmed 357 new cases.

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

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 at this official site.

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. 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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