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Covid-19 morbidity rate dips below 400 for first time since early December

On Sunday March 14, Latvia recorded 297 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 93,781.

Of 5,990 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 5% were positive, slightly up on the 4.2% rate 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 dropped from 402.3 Saturday to 398.1 Sunday, continuing a steady and encouraging downward trend. It is the first time the morbidity rate has been below 400 since December 3, 2020.

Anything over 200 is classed as a "very high risk" pandemic situation under the government's four-stage "traffic light" system.

Unfortunately ten more deaths were also confirmed March 14. One victim was aged 40-49, three were aged 60-69, three were aged 70-79,  and three were aged 80-89.

Currently 659 people are being treated for coronavirus symptoms in hospitals with 77 displaying severe symptoms.

A total of 1,767 people have now died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic according to official statistics.

March 13 saw 822 people getting a first vaccination in Latvia, and just a solitary person getting a second jab. So far 78,956 people have received a first shot and 18,114 a second dose.

Meanwhile in Lithuania 397 new cases were confirmed March 14 and Estonia continues to be hardest hit with 935 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

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.

March 8 brought the launch of a new (Latvian language) hotline 8989 which allows people to both register for vaccination and receive answers to questions about the process of vaccination.

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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