Covid-19 case total increases by 358 in Latvia

On Wednesday, May 5, Latvia recorded 358 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 120,736.

Of 3,883 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 9.2% were positive, up on the 7.7% rate the day before and more than double the 4% rate that is regarded as the threshold at which the virus is spreading in an uncontrolled manner.

However, the 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants did drop substantially for a second day, from 441.2 Monday to 427.4 Tuesday and now 406.4 Wednesday. Anything over 200 is classed as a "very high risk" pandemic situation under the government's four-stage "traffic light" system.   

Seven more deaths were confirmed, taking the total death toll since the start of the pandemic to 2,166. 

Meanwhile in Estonia 430 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed Wednesday and in Lithuania more than 1,200 new cases were recorded. 

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 includes an English-language version.  See this earlier story for a simple summary of what to do.

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.

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