Fewer than 900 new Covid-19 cases in Latvia

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Friday January 22 brought fewer than 900 new cases of Covid-19 in Latvia, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), in a further tentative yet hopeful sign that infection rates may have peaked.

876 new cases were confirmed, taking the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic to 59,586.

There is generally a strong weekly pattern to infection numbers with Fridays usually among the worst days. Last Friday saw 1,084 cases and the Thursday before that 1,237 cases.

Of 11,397  tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 7.1% of tests were positive, down on the 7.6% rate the previous day.

Sadly, 19 more deaths were also confirmed. Of those, one victim was aged 45-50, one was aged 55-60, seven were aged 65-75, seven were aged 75-85 and three were aged 85-95.

A total of 1,076 people have now died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. 

As a reminder that the situation remains serious, the National Health Service (NVD) said more than 1,000 people remain being treated for coronavirus symptoms in Latvia's hospitals. The total number is 1,115 patients, of whom 100 exhibit serious symptoms of the disease.

On January 22, Lithuania reported 1,032 new cases of coronavirus, while in Estonia the figure was 490 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

You can read the full text of the emergency laws in English via our earlier story.

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 February 7 and the current "quiet period" restrictions regarding Covid-19 has been extended until February 7. Friday nights and Saturday nights remain subject to a 22:00-05:00 curfew. You can read about the curfew conditions HERE.

The number for medical emergencies is 113.

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. From January 15 arrivals have needed to show a negative Covid-19 test from a maximum 72 hours before arrival or proof of vaccination or recovery from the coronavirus.

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