Over 1,000 Covid cases, 8 deaths Sunday in Latvia

On January 9, 2022, Latvia recorded 1,010 new Covid-19 cases, according to the latest figures from the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). 

Of that total, 415 were unvaccinated persons, or persons not fully vaccinated, and 595 were fully vaccinated. The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 287,851.

Of 7,822 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 12.9% were positive. The 14-day cumulative morbidity rate per 100,000 population climbed from 824.7 Saturday to 867.3 Sunday as the latest Omicron-fuelled infection wave spreads.

Sadly, eight more Covid-related deaths were also confirmed. All of the victims were aged 60 years or over and one of them was fully vaccinated. The total death toll since the start of the pandemic now stands at 4,658.

Saturday data from the National Health Service show 545 patients being treated in hospital (down from 562 on Friday) with 74 patients admitted and 81 discharged during the last 24 hours. 78 patients are displaying serious symptoms.

In the other Baltic states, Estonia had 235 hospitalized patients, 1,281 new cases and 1 death confirmed during the last 24 hours while in Lithuania there were more than 2,300 new cases and 16 deaths confirmed during the last 24 hours.

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 which includes current control measures.

You can find the latest Covid-19 statistics at this official website.

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.

SPKC information phone (e.g., to find out more about the rules on self-isolation) +371 67387661.

There is also a website to register for vaccination, https://manavakcina.lv which includes an English-language version.

If you have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, or you have fully recovered from a confirmed case of it, you can obtain a digital certificate attesting to your status at the website https://covid19sertifikats.lv.

Latvia is also part of the European Union's wider Covid-19 certification scheme. 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

The Latvian Ministry of the Interior phone for questions on filling out the Covidpass.lv is +371 67219111.

For the latest rules on entry and exit rules for international travellers, see this webpage for details of the latest country-specific regulations.

The Facebook account of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is accessible here.

State Border Guard phone to get information on border crossing issues: +371 67075616.

Information about Covid-19 testing at Rīga Airport: https://www.riga-airport.com/for-passengers/covid-19-testing/en

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