The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 72,088.
Of 3,327 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 8.7% of tests were positive, slightly down on the 9.3% rate from the day before.
Seven days ago, the figures were 411 cases and a 10.4% positive test rate. Monday's figures are generally the lowest of the week in absolute terms, due to a smaller number of tests being carried out on Sundays.
? Pēdējo 24h laikā:— SPKC.gov.lv (@SPKCentrs) February 8, 2021
▫️veikti 3327 Covid-19 izmeklējumi;
▫️reģistrēti 288 jauni inficēšanās gadījumi;
▫️saņemti ziņojumi par 8 mirušajiem (četri cilvēki 60-70 gadu vecumā, trīs 70-80 gadu vecumā, viens 85-90 gadu vecumā).
Eight more deaths were also confirmed February 8. Four victims were aged 60-70, three were aged 70-80 and one was aged 85-90.
A total of 1,347 people have now died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic according to official statistics.
The National Health Service (NVD) reported that the number of patients being treated for symptoms of coronavirus in hospital has risen back over the 1,000 mark after briefly dipping into three figures in recent days. Of 1,004 patients, 99 are exhibiting serious symptoms.
? Kopā stacionāros ārstējas 1004 pacienti:— NVD (@VMNVD) February 8, 2021
▫️ jauni Covid-19 gadījumi stacionāros – 66 (t. sk. 3 pārvesti);
▫️ 905 ar vidēji smagu slimības gaitu, 99 ar smagu slimības gaitu;
▫️ pēdējās diennakts laikā no stacionāra izrakstīti 27 pacienti (t. sk. 3 pārvesti) – kopā 6 799.
The NVD also said that during the last 24 hours, just two people received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine while 121 people received a second dose. In total, 17,794 people have received the first dose of the vaccine, and 14,195 have already received the second dose.
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 on our other story. From 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.