As a resut, the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic passed the 80,000 mark and now stands at 80,040.
Of 10,915 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 6.3% of tests were positive, almost the same as the 6.5% rate from the day before. 4% is regarded as the threshold rate at which the virus is spreading in an uncontrolled manner.
? Pēdējo 24h laikā:— SPKC.gov.lv (@SPKCentrs) February 19, 2021
▫️veikti 10 915 Covid-19 izmeklējumi;
▫️reģistrēti 689 jauni inficēšanās gadījumi;
▫️saņemti ziņojumi par 12 mirušajiem (viens cilvēks 55-60 gadu vecumā, viens 65-70 gadu vecumā, seši 70-80 gadu vecumā, četri 80-85 gadu vecumā).
A dozen more deaths were also confirmed February 19. One victim was aged 55-60 years, one was aged 65-70, six were aged 70-80, and four were aged 80-85.
A total of 1,521 people have now died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic according to official statistics.
The pace of vaccination is still slow. The National Health Service (NVD) said that on February 18, 960 people received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine while 53 received a second dose. So far in total 25,471 people have received a first shot and 16,656 have received both shots.
837 patients are being treated for coronavirus symptoms in Latvia's hospitals, of whom 84 are regarded as having serious symptoms.
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.
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 and the current "quiet period" restrictions regarding Covid-19 have been extended until then. However, some changes might follow depending on the epidemiological situation.
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. Until February 25, 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 or proof of vaccination or recovery from the coronavirus.