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Covid-19 deaths exceed 2,000 in Latvia

On Tuesday, April 13, Latvia recorded 537 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 108,355.

Of 20,618 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 2.8%  were positive, down on the 6.5% figure the day before. 4% is regarded as the threshold at which the virus is spreading in an uncontrolled manner.

The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants rose slightly from 346.5 Monday to 347.1 Tuesday. Anything over 200 is classed as a "very high risk" pandemic situation under the government's four-stage "traffic light" system.

Twelve more deaths were reported April 13 taking the death toll since the start of the pandemic past the 2,000 mark to 2,002.

According to the National Health Service (NVD) 684 patients are currently being treated for coronavirus symptoms in Latvian hospitals. Of that number 92 are classed as having severe symptoms.

The NVD also reported that on April 12 a total of 1,902 people received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine and 47 received a second dose. That means 153,653 people have received a vaccination shot, of which number 26,440 people have received both required doses.

Meanwhile in Estonia 638 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed April 13 and in Lithuania the figure was more than 1,000.

 

Covid-19 information

You can find all the latest Covid-19 statistics 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 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, https://manavakcina.lv/ 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 covidpass.lv. 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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