740 new cases of Covid-19 in Latvia, 17 deaths

On Thursday, April 8, Latvia recorded 740 new cases of Covid-19, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).

The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 105,916.

Of 24,155 tests carried out in the past 24 hours (the highest number in a day so far, for the second day in a row), 3.1% were positive, up slightly on the 2.8% figure the day before but below the 4% level 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 330.6 Wednesday to 337.6 Thursday. Anything over 200 is classed as a “very high risk” pandemic situation under the government’s four-stage “traffic light” system.

Seventeen more deaths were confirmed April 8. Two victims were aged aged 50-59 years, three were aged 60-69, four were aged 70-79, six were aged 80-89, and two were aged 90-99.

A total of 1,946 people have now died in Latvia as a result of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic according to  official statistics  .


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