Health Board: Coronavirus deaths rise to 11, positive cases total 858

Lunini Street entrance to Tartu University Hospital (TÜK) during the coronavirus outbreak.
Lunini Street entrance to Tartu University Hospital (TÜK) during the coronavirus outbreak. Source: Aili Vahtla/ERR

As of Thursday morning, 11 people have died in Estonia after contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19). Six people died in the last 24 hours. The total cases have risen to 858.

Three people died at Kuressaare Hospital, a 73-year-old woman, an 87-year-old woman and a 77-year-old man.

Two people died at Tartu University Hospital, a 55-year-old man and a 92-year-old woman.

An 86-year-old woman died at Tallinn's North Estonia Medical Center.

Between 7 a.m. on April 1 and on April 2, a total of 1,372 coronavirus test results were received in Estonia, of which 6 percent or 79 tests were positive.

The majority of new cases were diagnosed in Saaremaa (30), Harju County (25), Pärnu County (6), Ida-Viru County (5) and Viljandi County (5).

A total of 15,725 tests have been performed in Estonia, of which 858 or 5 percent have been positive.

As of Thursday morning, 85 patients are receiving hospital treatment and 16 people are using ventilators. In total, 45 people have been discharged. There have been 11 deaths, 10 in hospitals across the country and one in a nursing home.

The share of infected persons is greatest among those aged 50-54 (11 percent), 45-49 (10 percent), and 55-59 (10 percent).

Clarification from the Health Board on data collection

Katrin Reinhold, head of the Health and Welfare Information Systems Centre TEHIK, which is responsible for data collection, comments on data correction:

Yesterday, 62 positive first time test results were added, however, in the course of data correction, 28 repeat cases were removed, which is why in total the number of persons tested positive increased by 34 persons. Indeed, the information did not match up with the numbers reported across regions. The aggregated numbers for yesterday were as follows: first time tests performed amounted to 14,353, of which 779 were positive and 13,574 were negative.

The published open-source data graphs start with March, and not with the first case, which was detected already in February. The data collected by the Health Board laboratory were uploaded to the health information system later (21.03). In addition, if a person had a first test in February and then a repeat test in March, then the March test for that person counted as a first time test, and is therefore reflected in the graph later, not in February.

When looking at days, the numeric difference is due to the fact that the data to be published is updated every morning at 7 a.m. and it reflects the previous day. Therefore, the updated data seemingly falls on two dates. At the moment, new graphs reflect the time analyses are taken, however, we are also planning on supplementing the service with data that reflects when the results were transferred to the health information system, which will help us better understand the differences between the old and new data collection methods. 

We apologise for the confusion that has been created. We would like to emphasise that we are still working on the open-source data, and we will publish the solution, which takes into account the time that the results are transferred and where the problem of repeat tests has been resolved. It is important to also understand that all test results are available in the health information system.


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Editor: Helen Wright

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