The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 98,094, with the 100,000 mark likely to be hit in coming days.
Of 18,614 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 2.7% were positive, down on the 5.4% rate the day before. 4% is regarded as the threshold at which the virus is spreading in an uncontrolled manner.
However the 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants rose slightly from 370.1 Monday to 372.0 Tuesday. Anything over 200 is classed as a "very high risk" pandemic situation under the government's four-stage "traffic light" system.
? Pēdējo 24h laikā:— SPKC.gov.lv (@SPKCentrs) March 23, 2021
▫️veikti 18 614 Covid-19 izmeklējumi;
▫️reģistrēti 508 jauni inficēšanās gadījumi;
▫️saņemti ziņojumi par 12 mirušajiem (pieci 60-69 gadu vecumā, trīs 70-79 gadu vecumā, četri 80-89 gadu vecumā ).
Twelve more deaths were also confirmed March 23. Five victims were aged 60-69, three were aged 70-79 and four were aged 80-89 years.
A total of 1,840 people have now died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic according to official statistics.
Vaccination rates have started to pick up again following the hiatus while the AstraZeneca vaccine was temporarily removed from use. On March 22 a total of 2,032 people received a first vaccination shot and 227 people received a second dose. In all 85,904 people have received a first dose and 19,177 a second dose.
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.
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 is currently available in Latvian and Russian. An English-language version is slated for mid-to-late April.
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.