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Latvia records 638 new cases of Covid-19

On Thursday March 11, Latvia recorded 638 new cases of Covid-19, a single case less than the day before, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). 

The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 92,274.

Of 17,483 tests carried out in the last 24 hours (the highest total since the start of the pandemic), 3.6% were positive, slightly down on the 3.8% rate the day before. 4% is regarded as the threshold rate at which the virus is spreading in an uncontrolled manner.

The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants dropped from 429.4 Wednesday to 420.2 Thursday, continuing a steady and encouraging downward trend. The last time it was below 420 cases was December 5 last year.

Anything over 200 is classed as a "very high risk" pandemic situation under the government's four-stage "traffic light" system.

Unfortunately eleven more deaths were also confirmed March 11. Five victims were aged 60-69, two were aged 70-79, three were aged 80-89 and one was aged 90-99.

A total of 1,737 people have now died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic according to official statistics.

March 10 saw 2,135 people getting a first vaccination in Latvia, and 33 getting a second jab. So far 70,371 people have received a first shot and 18,095 a second dose.

Meanwhile in Lithuania 596 new cases were confirmed March 11 and Estonia continues to be hardest hit with a record-high 1,957 cases. Estonia's rate of infections per 100,000 inhabitants over the past 14 days now stands at 1,453. Both Latvia and Lithuania have offered to help Estonia cope.

Covid-19 information

You can find all the latest Covid-19 statistics, including breakdowns by geographic location and age, 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, 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 April 6.

The dedicated Hotline for Covid-19 related inquiries (24 hours, 7 days a week) is 8345​. The number for medical emergencies is 113.

March 8 brought the launch of a new (Latvian language) hotline 8989 which allows people to both register for vaccination and receive answers to questions about the process of vaccination.

? No šodienas, zvanot pa bezmaksas tālruņa numuru 8989, ikvienam ir iespēja ne tikai reģistrēties vakcīnai pret Covid-19, bet arī saņemt atbildes uz aktuālajiem jautājumiem par vakcinācijas procesu.

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— Veselības ministrija (@veselibasmin) March 8, 2021

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. Until April 6, entry to Latvia is only allowed for the reasons listed in our other story

Since January 15 arrivals have needed to show a negative Covid-19 test from a maximum 72 hours before arrival.

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