Week begins with more than 1,200 new Covid cases in Latvia

The working week started in ominous fashion October 18 with more than 1,200 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed despite a reduced number of tests being carried out during the preceding 24-hour period.

Latvia recorded over 1,253 cases of Covid-19 from Sunday to Monday, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). Monday's figure is usually the lowest of the week.

Of positive cases confirmed Monday, 986 were unvaccinated persons, or persons not fully vaccinated, and 267 were fully vaccinated. The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 186,869.

Of 8,369 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 15% were positive.

 

The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants continued its rapid increase, climbing from  1,266.4 Sunday to 1,307.2 Monday, which further raises the record since the start of the pandemic.

There was also confirmation of seven more Covid-related deaths. All of the deceased were aged over 60 years. The death toll since the start of the pandemic now stands at 2,897.

With the infection wave continuing to strengthen, the level of hospitalizations continues to be a focus of attention as hospitals come under intense pressure. Monday data show that the number of hospitalizations jumped above 1,000. In total 1,114 patients are being treated at Latvia's hospitals, of whom 133 are displaying serious symptoms.

The epidemiological situation in all three Baltic states continues to be grave. Lithuania recorded more than 1,400 cases during the last 24 hours and Estonia recorded more than 800 cases. All three Baltic states tend to report their lowest figures on Mondays so the rest of the week looks like being another tough one in the region.

 

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, https://manavakcina.lv/ 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 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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