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Saturday brings 827 new Covid-19 cases in Latvia

On Saturday February 27, Latvia recorded 827 new cases of Covid-19, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).

The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 85,810.

Of 12,088 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 6.8% were positive, up on the 5.7% ratio the day before. 4% is regarded as the threshold rate at which the virus is spreading in an uncontrolled manner.

The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants stayed a hair below the 500 threshold, rising from 496 Friday to 499.5 Saturday. Anything over 200 is rated as a "very high risk" situation.

Sadly 13 more deaths were also confirmed February 27. One victim was aged 50-59, four were aged 60-69, two were aged 70-79, and six were aged 80-89.

A total of 1,614 people have now died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic according to official statistics

The National Health Service (NVD) said that on February 26 some 2,583 people received a first dose of vaccine while 77 received a second dose. So far 43,743 people have received a first dose and 16,989 a second dose.

739 patients are currently being treated for coronavirus symptoms in Latvian hospitals, of which 74 are displaying serious symptoms.

February 27 saw 626 new cases recorded in Lithuania while in Estonia more than 1,000 new cases were detected for the fourth day in a row with a new daily record of 1,570 cases.

Covid-19 information

You can find all the latest Covid-19 statistics, including breakdowns by geographic location and age, 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, 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 April 6.

The dedicated Hotline for Covid-19 related inquiries (24 hours, 7 days a week) is 8345​. 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 covidpass.lv. Until April 6, entry to Latvia is only allowed for the reasons listed in our other story

Since January 15 arrivals have needed to show a negative Covid-19 test from a maximum 72 hours before arrival.

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