Highest-ever proportion of positive Covid-19 tests in Latvia Sunday

Latvia recorded over 2,000 new cases of Covid-19 infection October 24 again as the pandemic shows no sign of easing.

2,252 new cases of Covid-19 were added to the total according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).

Of positive cases confirmed Saturday, 1,697 were unvaccinated persons, or persons not fully vaccinated, and 555 were fully vaccinated. The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 202,573.

Of 11,246 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 20% were positive, the highest percentage ever in one day. It is true that significantly fewer tests were carried out than the days before when over 20,000 tests were conducted.

 

 

The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants continued its steep increase, climbing from 1,605 Saturday to 1,653 Sunday, which also raises the record level since the start of the pandemic. 

Unfortunately there was also confirmation of 10 more Covid-related deaths. One of the victims was aged under 40 years, and nine victims were aged 50 years or over. The death toll since the start of the pandemic rose past the 3,000 mark as a result and now stands at 3,028.

With the infection wave still strengthening, the level of hospitalizations continues to be a main focus of attention as hospitals are stretched to full capacity. Latest data show that 1,352 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, 152 patients are displaying serious symptoms.

The epidemiological situation in all three Baltic states continues to be extremely serious. Lithuania also recorded over 2,200 cases during the last 24 hours and Estonia recorded more than 1,700 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. Here is our summary of the rules.

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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