Week begins with 21 more Covid deaths in Latvia

Latvia recorded nearly 900 new cases of Covid-19 infection October 25 with statistics giving little cause for confidence that the epidemiological situation will improve significantly any time soon.

887 new cases of Covid-19 were added to the total Monday according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). Monday's number of confirmed cases is usually the lowest of the week due to a reduced number of tests being carried out on Sundays.

Of that total number 628 were unvaccinated persons, or persons not fully vaccinated, and 259 were fully vaccinated. The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 203,426.

Of 7,279 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 12.2% were positive.

One small piece of consolation was that the 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants actually fell for the first time in weeks. It stood at a record 1,653 Sunday and dipped slightly to 1,647 Monday. 

However, unfortunately there was also confirmation of 21 more Covid-related deaths. All of the victims were aged 40 years or over. The death toll since the start of the pandemic rose past the 3,000 mark as a result and now stands at 3,049.



The level of hospitalizations continues to be a key indicator as hospitals are stretched to full capacity. Latest data show that 1,444 patients are being treated for Covid-19 symptoms in Latvia's hospitals, again the largest figure since the start of the pandemic. Of that number, 160 patients are displaying serious symptoms.

The epidemiological situation in all three Baltic states continues to be serious. Lithuania is braced for its worst wave of Covid-19 yet, while Estonia is introducing new rules on mask use and Covid certification.



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 and in our story here.

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, https://manavakcina.lv/ 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 https://covid19sertifikats.lv/.

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 covidpass.lv. 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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