Saturday brings record Covid-19 case count in Latvia

For the fourth day in a row, Latvia recorded over 2,000 cases of Covid-19 on October 16, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).

In fact Saturday saw closer to 3,000 than 2,000 cases with 2,799 cases of Covid-19, the highest number in a single day since the start of the pandemic.

Of positive cases confirmed Thursday, 2,142 were unvaccinated persons, or persons not fully vaccinated, and 657 were fully vaccinated. The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 183,239.

Of 23,816 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 11.8% were positive.

The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants continued its rapid increase, leaping from 1,110.4 Friday to 1,195.4 Saturday, which further raises the level of the highest figure since the start of the pandemic.

Sadly, there was also confirmation of 12 more Covid-related deaths. All of the deceased were aged over 50 years. The death toll since the start of the pandemic now stands at 2,881.

With the infection wave continuing to strengthen, the level of hospitalizations continues to be a focus of attention as hospitals come under intense pressure. According to latest available data, there are currently 958 patients with Covid-19 in Latvia's hospitals, of whom 133 have severe symptoms of the virus.

One small piece of good news came with confirmation that the number of people receiving at least one vaccination dose in Latvia now exceeds one million.

The epidemiological situation in all three Baltic states continues to be grave. Lithuania also recorded around 2,700 cases during the last 24 hours and Estonia recorded around 1,200 cases.


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.

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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