Latvia: 500 new Covid-19 cases Thursday

On Thursday, September 9, Latvia recorded 490 new cases of Covid-19 infection, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).

Of the total number of positive cases, 419 were unvaccinated persons, or persons not fully vaccinated, and 71 were fully vaccinated.

The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 145,893.

Of 42,449 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 1.2 % were positive.

The 14-day cumulative infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants rose from 204.2 Wednesday to 222.2 Thursday, taking morbidity further into the ‘dark red’ or ‘very high’ risk classification, the highest of the four alert categories under the ‘traffic light’ system.

Sadly, three more Covid-related deaths were also confirmed, all of persons aged 80-89 years. The death toll since the start of the pandemic stands at 2,598.

There are currently 214 patients receiving treatment for Covid-19 symptoms in Latvian hospitals. Of that number 28 are showing serious symptoms.

On September 8, a total of 2,660 people received a first vaccine dose and 3,011 received a second dose. In all, 780,514 people have completed a course of vaccination.

Meanwhile, in Estonia 467    new Covid cases      were registered and in Lithuania 925    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  . Also see  this webpage   for details of the latest country-specific entry regulations.

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