Covid-19 case total increases by 900 in Latvia

Thursday January 21 brought fewer than 1,000 new cases of Covid-19 in Latvia, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), in a further tentative yet hopeful sign that infection rates may have peaked.

902 new cases were confirmed, taking the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 58,710.

There is generally a strong weekly pattern to infection numbers with Thursdays usually among the worst days. Last Thursday saw 950 cases and the Thursday before that 1,374 cases. The final Thursday of 2020 on December 31 saw the highest daily total so far when 1,861 new infections were confirmed.

Of 11,816  tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 7.6% of tests were positive, down on the 8.5% rate the previous day.

Unfortunately 25 more deaths were also confirmed. Of those, two people were aged 55-65, four were aged 65-75, sixteen were aged 75-85 and three were aged 85-95.

A total of 1,057 people have now died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. 

On January 21, Lithuania reported 1,274 new cases of coronavirus, while in Estonia the figure was 669 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

You can read the full text of the emergency laws in English via our earlier story.

You can read about the curfew conditions HERE.

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. 

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 will also need to show a negative Covid-19 test from a maximum 72 hours before arrival or proof of vaccination.

 

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