Covid-19 case total rises by more than 500 in Latvia

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On Tuesday, March 30, Latvia recorded 526 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 101,733.

Of 18,937 tests carried out in the last 24 hours (the largest number since the start of the pandemic), 2.8% were positive, down on the 4.7% rate the day before. 4% is regarded as the threshold at which the virus is spreading in an uncontrolled manner.

In one hopeful sign, the 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants dipped slightly from 379.9 Monday to 373.8 Tuesday. Nevertheless, anything over 200 is classed as a "very high risk" pandemic situation under the government's four-stage "traffic light" system.

Ten more deaths were also confirmed March 30. One victim was aged 50-59, four were aged 70-79 and five were aged 80-89 years.

A total of 1,883 people have now died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic according to official statistics.

716 patients are currently hospitalized with Covid-19 symptoms, of which number 91 are classed as displaying serious symptoms. 

Meanwhile in Estonia 1,202 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded March 30 and in Lithuania the figure was 831 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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