This is the highest number in a single day since February 24, when 983 infections were confirmed, signaling an unwelcome upward tendency.
The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 117,099.
Of 18,698 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 5.2% were positive, up on the 3.0% rate the day before. 4% is regarded as the threshold at which the virus is spreading in an uncontrolled manner.
The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants rose sharply from 407.7 Tuesday to 419.9 Wednesday. 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) April 28, 2021
▫️veikti 18 698 Covid-19 izmeklējumi;
▫️reģistrēti 967 jauni inficēšanās gadījumi;
▫️saņemti ziņojumi par 8 mirušajiem (divi cilvēki 50-59 gadu vecumā, viens 60-69 gadu vecumā, divi 70-79 gadu vecumā, divi 80-89 gadu vecumā, viens 90-99 gadu vecumā).
Eight more deaths were confirmed April 26, taking the total death toll since the start of the pandemic to 2,118.
According to the National Health Service (NVD), on April 27 a total of 3,831 people received a first Covid-19 vaccine and 1,942 received a second dose.
You can find all the latest Covid-19 statistics 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. Physical distancing and frequent hand washing and sanitary cleaning habits are encouraged.
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, Russian and a newly-released English-language version.
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 and arrivals need to show a negative Covid-19 test from a maximum 72 hours before arrival.