Latvia posts record Covid-19 case count for second day in a row

October 14 brought a record number of Covid-19 cases in Latvia for a second day in a row, while the rate of infection passed the landmark 1,000 cases per 100,000 of population threshold for the first time ever. 

According to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) on Thursday Latvia recorded 2,408 daily cases of Covid-19 infection. This exceeds the previous daily high just 24 hours earlier. 

Of positive cases confirmed Thursday, 1,928 were unvaccinated persons, or persons not fully vaccinated, and 480 were fully vaccinated. The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 178,298.

Of 21,504 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 11.2% were positive.

The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants continued its rapid increase, leaping from 993.4 Wednesday to 1,056.8 Thursday, which further raises the level of the highest figure since the start of the pandemic and is the first time this indicator has exceeded the 1,000 mark.

Sadly, there was also confirmation of 21 more Covid-related deaths. All of the deceased were aged over 60 years. The death toll since the start of the pandemic now stands at 2,857.

With the infection wave continuing to strengthen, the level of hospitalizations continues to be a focus of attention as hospitals come under intense pressure. According to the latest available figures there are 954 people being treated for Covid-19 symptoms in Latvian hospitals, of which number 116 are displaying serious symptoms.

The epidemiological situation in all three Baltic states continues to be grave. In Estonia more than 1,000 cases were recorded and Lithuania recorded 2,861 cases during the last 24 hours.

 

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 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.

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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