3,133 new cases of Covid-19 were added to the total according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), exceeding the previous high from 24 hours earlier.
Of positive cases confirmed Friday, 2,398 were unvaccinated persons, or persons not fully vaccinated, and 735 were fully vaccinated. The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 197,389.
Of 21,566 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 14.5% were positive.
📈 Pēdējo 24h laikā:— SPKC.gov.lv (@SPKCentrs) October 22, 2021
▫️veikti 21 566 Covid-19 izmeklējumi;
▫️reģistrēti 3133 jauni inficēšanās gadījumi, no tiem 2398 nevakcinēti vai vakcinācijas kursu nepabeiguši, 735 vakcinēti;
The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants continued its steep ascent, climbing from 1,463.3 Thursday to 1,539.2 Friday, which also raises the record level since the start of the pandemic.
Unfortunately there was also confirmation of 25 more Covid-related deaths, the largest daily death toll since 32 fatalities were recorded on February 10.
The youngest of the victims were aged 40-49 years. The death toll since the start of the pandemic now stands at 2,992.
With the infection wave continuing to strengthen, the level of hospitalizations continues to be a main focus of attention as hospitals are stretched to full capacity. Latest data show that 1,257 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, 153 patients are displaying serious symptoms.
The only crumb of comfort is continuing evidence that more people are finally choosing to vaccinate. On October 21, some 9,110 people received a first vaccine dose and 1,714 received a second dose. To date 960,731 people in Latvia have completed a course of vaccination.
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.