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Covid-19 case total increases by more than 1,000 in Latvia

The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said January 15 that 1,084 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Latvia during the last 24 hours.

The highest daily total so far remains December 31, when 1,861 new infections were confirmed.

The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 54,066.

Of 12,453 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 8.8% were positive, up on the 7.8% rate the previous day, when a similar number of tests were carried out.

Fifteen more deaths were also confirmed. Of those, one victim was aged 30-35 years, one was aged 45-50, two were aged 55-65, three were aged 65-75, five were aged 75-85 and three were aged 85-95.

In total 935 people have now died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. 

The National Health Service (NVD) said 1,688 people received the Covid-19 vaccine during the previous 24 hours, taking the total number so far to 13,129.

Meanwhile in Lithuania 1,149 new cases of Covid-19 and 26 deaths were recorded Friday, and in Estonia 476 cases and 5 deaths were recorded.

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 emegency runs until February 7 and the current "quiet period" restrictions regarding Covid-19 until January 25. 

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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