More than half of people infected with coronavirus in Estonia are between 30 and 49 years of age, with the over 65s totaling approximately 11 percent of cases. However, the Health Board still emphasizes the importance of protecting older people.
People aged 20-29 make up 8.1 percent of those who have had a positive diagnosis. The proportion of children aged 5 to 14 among those infected is 1.1 percent and the share of children under 5 is 0.8 percent.
In other parts of the world suffering from an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), such as China and Italy, the majority of sufferers who have been diagnosed with the disease are over 65 years old.
In total, 258 cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Estonia as of the morning of March 18, with Harju County recording 101 cases and Saaremaa 70.
As of the morning of March 18, a total of 2,020 Covid-19 tests have been conducted in Estonia.
The person giving positive sample is always informed by telephone. The test result can be checked by the patient on the patient portal www.digilugu.ee
In more than 80 percent of cases, people have mild symptoms of the virus. Older people, the over 65s, and people with underlying health conditions are more at risk of developing the disease.
The disease spreads as a droplet infection through close contact and can survive for up to 72 hours. Masks should only be worn by healthcare professionals and the sick.
Editor: Helen Wright