Daily Covid-19 case count hits another new record high in Latvia

Latvia recorded over 3,000 new cases of Covid-19 infection once again October 27, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). 

3,206 new cases of Covid-19 were added to the total Wednesday, the highest daily total since the start of the pandemic. Of that number, 2,314 were unvaccinated persons, or persons not fully vaccinated, and 892 were fully vaccinated. The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 208,783.

Of 27,089 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 11.8% were positive.

The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants rose from a record 1,686.2 Tuesday to a new 1,737.4 record Wednesday.

Unfortunately, there was also confirmation of 33 more Covid-related deaths, the third-highest daily death toll of the pandemic. All victims were over the age of 40. The death toll since the start of the pandemic now stands at 3,109.

The level of hospitalizations continues to be a key indicator as hospitals are stretched to full capacity. Tuesday data show that 1,463 patients are being treated for Covid-19 symptoms in Latvia's hospitals, again the largest figure since the start of the pandemic. Of that number, 172 patients are displaying serious symptoms.

The epidemiological situation in all three Baltic states continues to be serious. Lithuania recorded over 3,500 cases Wednesday and Estonia recorded more than 2,000 cases.

 

Covid-19 information

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 and in our story here.

You can find the latest Covid-19 statistics at this official website.

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. You are allowed to break lockdown to travel to and from vaccination.

If you have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, or you have fully recovered from a confirmed case of it, you can obtain a digital certificate attesting to your status at the website https://covid19sertifikats.lv/.

Latvia is also part of the European Union's wider Covid-19 certification scheme. 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. For the latest rules on entry and exit rules for international travellers, see this webpage for details of the latest country-specific entry regulations.

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