The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 88,668.
Of 15,156 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 4.3% were positive, down quite significantly on the 6.4% ratio 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 also dropped from 491.6 Wednesday to 488.4 Thursday, though anything over 200 is classed as a "very high risk" pandemic situation.
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▫️veikts 15 156 Covid-19 izmeklējums;
▫️reģistrēti 646 jauni inficēšanās gadījumi;
▫️saņemti ziņojumi par 12 mirušajiem (viens cilvēks 40-49 gadu vecumā, divi 60-69 gadu vecumā, seši 70-79 gadu vecumā, trīs 80-89 gadu vecumā).
Unfortunately twelve more deaths were also confirmed March 3. One victim was aged 40-49 years, two were aged 60-69, six were aged 70-79, and three were aged 80-89.
A total of 1,666 people have now died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic according to official statistics.
The National Health Service (NVD) said that on March 3, 3,550 people received a first vaccination dose while 152 received a second dose. In all 52,501 people have received a first dose and 17,690 have received two doses.
On March 4 Lithuania reported 517 new cases of coronavirus and ten deaths. Meanwhile Estonia reported 1,420 cases, its third-highest daily total since the start of the pandemic, as a third wave of infections appears to have taken hold of Latvia's northern neighbor. Its 14-day cumulative morbidity rate stands at more than 1,000 cases per 100,000 of population. Estonia also recorded eight deaths.
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.
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.