The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 83,445.
Of 12,591 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 7.8% were positive, up on the 5.3% ratio the day before. 4% is regarded as the threshold rate at which the virus is spreading in an uncontrolled manner.
The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants dipped very slightly from 502.9 to 502.5.
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▫️veikts 12 591 Covid-19 izmeklējums;
▫️reģistrēti 983 jauni inficēšanās gadījumi;
▫️saņemti ziņojumi par 17 mirušajiem (viens cilvēks 50-59 gadu vecumā, divi 60-69 gadu vecumā, septiņi 70-79 gadu vecumā, seši 80-89 gadu vecumā, viens 90-99 gadu vecumā).
Unfortunately 17 more deaths were also confirmed February 23. One victim was aged 50-59 years, two were aged 60-69, seven were aged 70-79, six were aged 80-89 and one was aged 90-99.
A total of 1,587 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) said that on February 23 some 2,085 people received a first Covid-19 vaccine and 31 received a second shot. In total 32,990 people have now received a first dose and 16,844 a second dose.
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.
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.