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Saturday brings 786 new Covid-19 cases in Latvia

On Saturday, May 8, Latvia recorded 786 new cases of Covid-19 infection. The new cases of Covid-19 were registered during the previous 24 hours, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).

The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 123,331.

Of 18,694 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 4.2% were positive, down on the 5.6% rate the day before but just above the 4% rate that 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 slightly from 435.1 Friday to 439.1 Saturday, continuing the worrying trend of the last week. Anything over 200 is classed as a "very high risk" pandemic situation under the government's four-stage "traffic light" system. 

Unfortunately, eleven more deaths were also confirmed Saturday, taking the total death toll since the start of the pandemic to 2,208. 

Meanwhile in Estonia 348 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed Saturday and Lithuania saw its case count climb again with more than 1,400 new cases recorded. 

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, 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

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