763 new cases of coronavirus on Friday in Latvia

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On Friday, April 30, Latvia recorded 763 new cases of Covid-19, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). 

The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 118,558.

Of 16,474 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 4.6% were positive, up on the 3.9% rate the day before. 4% is regarded as the threshold at which the virus is spreading in an uncontrolled manner.

The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants rose from 422.7 Thursday to 430.6 Friday. Anything over 200 is classed as a "very high risk" pandemic situation under the government's four-stage "traffic light" system.

Six more deaths were confirmed, taking the total death toll since the start of the pandemic to 2,131.

According to the National Health Service (NVD), on April 29 a total of 7,988 people received a first Covid-19 vaccine and 3,144 received a second dose.

Writing on Twitter, infectologist and government adviser Uga Dumpis warned that the situation remains serious.

"Unfortunately, the incidence [of Covid-19] in LV is increasing. Over the weekend, testing will decline, the data will not reveal the true situation. The experience of other countries and our own shows that rising Covid-19 curves do not break without targeted intervention. This should start with respecting and enforcing existing restrictions," Dumpis said.

Meanwhile in Estonia 362 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed April 30 and Lithuania remains hardest hit with 1,306 cases.


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, https://manavakcina.lv/ which is currently available in Latvian, Russian and a newly-released English-language version. 

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 and arrivals need to show a negative Covid-19 test from a maximum 72 hours before arrival.

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