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Nearly 700 new Covid-19 cases in Latvia

On Thursday, May 13, Latvia recorded 698 new cases of Covid-19 infection, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).

The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 126,378.

Of 16,417 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 4.2% were positive, down on the 5% rate the day before and just above the 4% rate regarded as the threshold at which the virus is spreading in an uncontrolled manner.

The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants remained virtually the same at 450.3 Wednesday and 450.4 Thursday. Anything over 200 is classed as a "very high risk" pandemic situation under the government's four-stage "traffic light" system. 

Seventeen deaths were unfortunately confirmed Thursday, taking the total death toll since the start of the pandemic to 2,240. 

Meanwhile in Estonia 300 new cases were confirmed May 13 while in Lithuania 1,136 cases were confirmed.

 

Covid-19 information

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 includes an English-language version.  See this earlier story for a simple summary of what to do.

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.

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