On Thursday, April 1, Latvia recorded 638 new cases of Covid-19, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC), almost the same as the 630 cases recorded 24 hours previously.
The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 103,001.
Of 18,174 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 3.5% were positive, down on the 3.9% rate the day before. 4% is regarded as the threshold at which the virus is spreading in an uncontrolled manner.
However, the 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants rose from 364.0 Wednesday to 372.1 Thursday. Anything over 200 is classed as a “very high risk” pandemic situation under the government’s four-stage “traffic light” system.
Sadly, fourteen more deaths were also confirmed April 1. Four victims were aged 50-59 years, one was aged 60-69, seven were aged 70-79 and two were aged 80-89 years.
A total of 1,913 people have now died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic according to official statistics .
Meanwhile in Estonia 832 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded April 1 and in Lithuania the figure was 869 new cases.
You can find all the latest Covid-19 statistics 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 .
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 is currently available in Latvian and Russian. An English-language version is slated for mid-to-late April.
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.