Covid case total rises by 220 in Latvia

On Monday, April 26, Latvia recorded 220 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 115,536.

Of 3,461 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 6.4% were positive, broadly similar to the 6.6% rate the day before. 4% is regarded as the threshold at which the virus is spreading in an uncontrolled manner.

Monday's new case figures are usually the lowest of the week due to a smaller number of tests being carried out on Sundays.

The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants stayed almost unchanged, rising very slightly from 404.1 Sunday to 404.6 Monday. Anything over 200 is classed as a "very high risk" pandemic situation under the government's four-stage "traffic light" system.

Four more deaths were confirmed April 26, taking the total death toll since the start of the pandemic to 2106.

Meanwhile in Estonia 163 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed April 26 and in Lithuania the figure was 514 cases.

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 is currently available in Latvian, Russian and a newly-released English-language version. 

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 and arrivals need to show a negative Covid-19 test from a maximum 72 hours before arrival.

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