Covid mordidity rate dips below 200 for first time since November

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On Tuesday, June 8, Latvia recorded 256 new cases of Covid-19 infection, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). Following Monday's double-digit total, an increased number of tests saw Tuesday's figure back in three figures.

The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 135,144.  

Of 2,894 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, just 2% were positive, down on the 2.6% rate of Monday.

And in one small but notable landmark, the 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants dipped below the 200 threshold for the first time since November 11, 2020. Standing at 201.2 Monday, it fell to 191.7 Tuesday. According to the government's so-called "traffic light" system which has been of little practical value so far, it means the epidemiolgical risk is now classed as "high" instead of "very high".


Less welcome news came with the confirmation of ten more deaths as a result of Covid-19, with the youngest of the victims in the 40-49 years age bracket. The death toll since the start of the pandemic now stands at 2,423

Meanwhile in Estonia 86 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed June 7, while in Lithuania the figure was 215 new cases.

Covid-19 information

You can find 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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