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Covid case total increases by 147 in Latvia

On Monday, May 17, Latvia recorded 147 new cases of Covid-19 infection, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).

The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 128,125. The new case total is usually at its lowest on Mondays due to a smaller number of tests being carried out on Sundays. 

Of 4,112 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 3.6% were positive. 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 dipped slightly from 431.3 Sunday to 428.4 Monday. Anything over 200 is classed as a "very high risk" pandemic situation under the government's four-stage "traffic light" system. 

 

Three more deaths were also confirmed Monday, taking the total death toll since the start of the pandemic to 2,269. 

Meanwhile in Estonia 153 new cases were confirmed May 17 while in Lithuania 504 cases were confirmed.

 

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. 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 includes an English-language version.  See this earlier story for a simple summary of what to do.

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.

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