Covid-19 case total increases by more than 600 in Latvia

On Wednesday, March 31, Latvia recorded 630 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 102,363.

Of 16,080 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 3.9% were positive, up on the 2.8% rate the day before. 4% is regarded as the threshold at which the virus is spreading in an uncontrolled manner.

Some good news came with the 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants dipping from 373.8 Tuesday to 364.0 Wednesday. Nevertheless, 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 also confirmed March 30. Four victims were aged 50-59, and two were aged 80-89 years.

A total of 1,899 people have now died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic according to official statistics.

March 30 saw 3,832 receiving a first vaccination shot and 622 receiving a second. In all 110,280 have now had a first shot and 22,950 a second.

Meanwhile in Estonia 1,009 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded March 31 and in Lithuania the figure was 853 new cases.


Covid-19 information

You can find all the latest Covid-19 statistics, including breakdowns by geographic location and age, 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 which is now exactly one year old.

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 April 6.

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, which is currently available in Latvian and Russian. An English-language version is slated for mid-to-late April. 

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 Until April 6, entry to Latvia is only allowed for the reasons listed in our other story

Since January 15 arrivals have needed to show a negative Covid-19 test from a maximum 72 hours before arrival.

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