Record number of Covid-19 deaths Wednesday in Latvia

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Another 1,500 cases of Covid-19 infection were added to Latvia's total on November 17, according to the latest figures from the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). 

In all 1,501 new cases were recorded during the last 24 hours. Of that number, 970 cases were unvaccinated persons, or persons not fully vaccinated, and 631 were fully vaccinated. The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 243,340. 

Of the 12,059 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 12.4% were positive. One small piece of good news is that the 14-day cumulative morbidity rate per 100,000 population dipped below 1,000 from 1,058 Tuesday to 994.4 Wednesday. The last time that indicator was below 1,000 was on October 13.


Sadly, however, 79 more Covid-related deaths were also confirmed, the highest death count in a single day since the start of the pandemic. One of the victims was aged under 40 years and one was aged 40-49. Ten of the fatalities were fully vaccinated individuals. The death toll since the start of the pandemic now stands at 3,875.

Wednesday data show 1,185 patients being treated in hospital with 204 patients displaying serious symptoms.

Meanwhile in Estonia over 1,000 new cases and 7 deaths were reported during the last 24 hours and in Lithuania the figures were over 2,100 cases and 19 deaths.



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 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.

There is also a website to register for vaccination, which includes an English-language version. See this earlier story for a simple summary of what to do. You are allowed to break lockdown to travel to and from vaccination.

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

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

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