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Latvia's Covid-19 case total rises by 725

On Friday February 26, Latvia recorded 725 new cases of Covid-19, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).

The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 84,983.

Of 12,715 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 5.7% were positive, down on the 6.6% 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 dipped slightly below the 500 threshold, from 501 to 496. The last time this figure was below 500 was December 19, 2020. Anything over 200 is rated as a "very high risk" situation.

Sadly 8 more deaths were also confirmed February 26. One victim was aged 40-49 years, one was aged 50-59, one was aged 60-69, one was aged 70-79, three were aged 80-89 and one was aged 90-99.

A total of 1,601 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 Febraury 25 some 3,347 people received a first dose of vaccine while only 36 received a second dose. So far 40,680 people have received a first dose and 16,912 a second dose.

772 patients are currently being treated for coronavirus symptoms in Latvian hospitals, of which number 72 are displaying serious symptoms.

February 26 saw 624 new cases recorded in Lithuania while in Estonia more than 1,000 new cases were detected for the third day in a row with a new daily record of 1,204 cases.

 

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.

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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