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More than 1,200 new cases of Covid-19 logged Wednesday in Latvia

The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 1,231 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Latvia on Wednesday, February 3.

The figure is substantially up on the 775 cases added Tuesday, when a similar number of tests were carried out. It is the highest daily figure since January 13 when 1,255 cases were added.

There is generally a weekly pattern to the figures with the total number of cases rising towards the end of the working week. Even so, Wednesday's figures will be of concern. Last Wednesday Latvia recorded 1,103 new cases of the virus and the week before that 1,088 cases.

The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 68,658.

Of 12,317 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 10% of tests were positive, up sharply considerably on the 6% rate the previous day.

Unfortunately, 31 more deaths were also confirmed February 3, making it one of the deadliest days of the pandemic so far. Of that number, four victims were aged 50-60, seven were aged 60-70, eight were aged 70-80 and twelve were aged 80-95.

A total of 1,219 people have now died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. 

According to the National Health Service (NVD) just over 1,000 patients remain being treated in hospital for symptoms of coronavirus. Of 1,027 such patients, 102 are exhibiting serious symptoms.

On February 3, Lithuania reported 760 new Covid-19 cases and 16 deaths, and in Estonia the figure was 688 cases and nine deaths.

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

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 February 7 and the current "quiet period" restrictions regarding Covid-19 has been extended until February 7. However, the state of emerency is expected to be further extended at a government meeting on February 4 and could extend into early April.

Friday nights and Saturday nights remain subject to a 22:00-05:00 curfew. You can read about the curfew conditions at this official site.

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. From January 15 arrivals have needed to show a negative Covid-19 test from a maximum 72 hours before arrival or proof of vaccination or recovery from the coronavirus.

 

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