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Thursday brings 742 new Covid-19 cases in Latvia

The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 742 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Latvia on Thursday, February 4.

The figure is substantially down on the 1,231 cases added Wedesday, and in line wth the 775 cases added Tuesday.

The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 69,400.

Of 11,818 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 6.3% of tests were positive, down on the 10% rate Wednesday.

Unfortunately, 31 more deaths were also confirmed February 4, exactly the same death toll as the previous day. Of that number two victims were aged 50-60, one was aged 60-70, ten were aged 70-80, twelve were aged 80-90 and six were aged 90-100 years.

A total of 1,250 people have now died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. 

According to the National Health Service (NVD) the number of patients being treated for symptoms of coronavirus has dipped below 1,000 for the first time in weeks. Of 995 such patients, 97 are exhibiting serious symptoms.

On February 4, Lithuania reported 721 new Covid-19 cases and 12 deaths, while in Estonia the figure was 673 cases and 10 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

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 February 7 and the current "quiet period" restrictions regarding Covid-19 has been extended until February 7. However, the state of emerency is expected to be further extended at a government meeting on February 4 and could extend into early April.

Friday nights and Saturday nights remain subject to a 22:00-05:00 curfew. You can read about the curfew conditions at this official site.

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. From January 15 arrivals have needed to show a negative Covid-19 test from a maximum 72 hours before arrival or proof of vaccination or recovery from the coronavirus.

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