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Covid case total rises by 194 in Latvia

On Monday, March 8, Latvia recorded 194 new cases of Covid-19, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). 

Mondays generally bring the lowest numbers of the week in absolute terms due to a smaller number of tests being carried out on Sundays than on other days.

The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 90,525.

Of 3,214 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 6.0% were positive, almost the same as the 6.2% 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 dropped slightly from 461.9 Sunday to 457.7 Monday, continuing a slow but steady downward trend. Anything over 200 is classed as a "very high risk" pandemic situation under the government's four-stage "traffic light" system.

Unfortunately four more deaths were also confirmed March 8. Two victims were aged 60-69, one was aged 70-79, and one was aged 90-99.

A total of 1,695 people have now died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic according to official statistics

Meanwhile in Lithuania 213 new cases were confirmed March 8 and Estonia continues to suffer another day with more than 1,000 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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