Covid case total increases by more than 600 in Latvia

Take note – story published 2 years ago

On Wednesday, May 19, Latvia recorded 609 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 129,297.  

Of 14,728 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 4.1% were positive, up on the previous day's 3% rate.

The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants also rose from 435.6 Tuesday to 448.8 Wednesday. Anything over 200 is classed as a "very high risk" pandemic situation under the government's four-stage "traffic light" system. 

📈 Pēdējo 24h laikā:
▫️veikti 14 728 Covid-19 izmeklējumi;
▫️reģistrēti 609 jauni inficēšanās gadījumi;

— (@SPKCentrs) May 19, 2021

Unfortunately, eighteen more deaths were also confirmed Wednesday, taking the total death toll since the start of the pandemic to 2,298. It is the highest daily death toll since May 7 when 19 fatalities were recorded.

Meanwhile in Estonia 257 new cases were confirmed May 19 while in Lithuania 911 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, 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

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