Covid case total rises by 54 in Latvia

On Tuesday, July 20, Latvia reported 54 new cases of Covid-19 infection, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).

The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 138,238.

Of 7,944 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 0.7% were positive.

The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants ticked up from 28.0 Monday to 28.5 Tuesday, still just above the level of 20 cases per 100,000 inhabitants which is officially classed as “low risk” under the government’s four-color warning system.

Sadly, four Covid-related deaths were also reported Tuesday, wih the youngest victim aged just aged just 20-29 years. The death toll since the start of the pandemic stands at 2,548.

On July 19, 63 patients were being treated in Latvian hospitals for coronavirus symptoms. The number of fully completed vaccinations in the country stood at 638,815 on the same day.

Currently, the number of cases of Covid-19 imported into Latvia is increasing and the spread of the virus is not declining in general, the LETA newswire was informed by the SPKC.

One of the most important indicators of the spread of the virus is the reproductive rate (R) of Covid-19 infection, which has risen from 0.77 to 1 during the past week. The SPKC emphasized that this indicates that the prevalence of Covid-19 in Latvia is increasing, LETA reported.

Meanwhile 81 cases of coronavirus were confirmed in  Estonia      Tuesday while in    Lithuania   101 new cases were recorded.

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,   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  .

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  .

For the latest rules on entry and exit rules for international travellers, we have this  summary  .


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