Number of deaths from Covid-19 passes 1,000 in Latvia

Tuesday January 19 brought another 812 new cases of Covid-19 in Latvia, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).

The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic stands at 56,720.

The highest daily total so far remains December 31, when 1,861 new infections were confirmed.

Of 13,629 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 6%  were positive, down on the 7.1% rate the previous day.

Unfortunately 29 more deaths were also confirmed. Of those, two victims were aged 45-55, two were aged 55-65, four were aged 65-75, fifteen were aged 75-85 and six were aged 85-95.

As a result the death toll has risen past the 1,000 mark. A total of 1,012 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), 1,157 Covid-19 patients are currently being treated in hospital. 95 of those have severe symptoms of the disease.

The NVD also said that 839 people received the Covid-19 vaccine during the previous 24 hours, taking the total number so far to 16,641, including 571 medics who have received two doses.

On January 19, Lithuania reported 717 new cases of coronavirus and in Estonia the figure was 600.

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

You can read the full text of the emergency laws in English via our earlier story.

You can read about the curfew conditions HERE.

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 until January 25. 

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 From January 15 arrivals will also need to show a negative Covid-19 test from a maximum 72 hours before arrival or proof of vaccination.

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