876 new Covid-19 cases, 28 more deaths in Latvia

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The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 876 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Latvia on Friday, February 5.

The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 70,276.

Of 11,495 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 7.6% of tests were positive, up on the 6.3% rate from Thursday.

Unfortunately, 28 more deaths were also confirmed February 5. Of that number five victims were aged 55-70, twelve were aged 70-80, eight were aged 80-90 and three were aged 90-95.

A total of 1,278 people have now died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. 

In one small encouraging sign, the National Health Service (NVD) reported that the number of patients being treated for symptoms of coronavirus in hospital continued to fall slightly from 995 patients on Thursday to 986 on Friday. Of that number, 102 patients are exhibiting serious symptoms.

On February 5, Lithuania reported 654 new Covid-19 cases and 19 deaths, while in Estonia the figure was 596 cases and 4 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

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. However, the state of emerency is expected to be further extended at a government meeting on February 5 and could extend into early April.

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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