Three more people have died in the last 24 hours due to the coronavirus, the Health Board said on Wednesday morning. The total number of cases is now 1,185.
Between 7 a.m. April 7 and 7 a.m. April 8, a total of 1,277 tests were carried out across Estonia and 37 positive results, 3 percent, were recorded.
A 92-year-old woman who was receiving treatment at West Tallinn Central Hosptial died. The two other patients who passed away, a 73-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman, were being treated at Kuressaare Hospital in Saaremaa.
In total, 24 people have died in Estonia after contracting COVID-19.
As of Wednesday morning, 139 people are being treated in hospital and 11 are using ventilators. 72 people have recovered enough to be discharged from hospital.
Most new cases of coronavirus were reported in Harju County (20), Tartu County (6) and Saare County (3). Two each were diagnosed in Ida-Viru, Järva and Võru counties. One positive diagnosis was recorded in Pärnu County and one unknown.
Since January 31, a total of 24,813 tests have been carried out in Estonia, of which 1,185 or 5 percent have been positive.
When this is broken down by counties 37 percent of the positive answers are from Saare County and 32 percent from Harju County, while Ida-Viru, Tartu and Võru County all have 6 percent of the positive cases.
In the age groups, 26 percent of the positive results have been among the over 65s.
On Tuesday, the Health Board reported two deaths, 42 new cases and 130 people were being treated in hospital. In the last two days Harju has overtaken Saare County as having the majority of new cases diagnosed. Ida-Viru County is experiencing an increase in cases.
The above map shows how many people have tested positive in each county and was made by koroonakaart.ee.
Health Board changes testing strategy
Starting from today, in case of a reasonable doubt, family physicians will be able to refer all people with coronavirus symptoms to testing, regardless of their age and associated diseases. No changes are made in the arrangements of testing, people must first contact the family physician, who will decide whether testing is needed and then refer the patient, if necessary.
The doctor will assess each case individually. The purpose of the renewal of the testing strategy is to obtain a more accurate epidemiological overview of the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in Estonia in order to assess more precisely the current interventions and plan further actions. When the situation changes, the test principles will be reviewed again.
Clarification of the Health and Welfare Information Systems Centre (TEHIK) regarding the data.
In today's statistical information one earlier positive test result from Saare County has moved from the 29.03 data to 07.04 data, due to the adjustment made by the laboratory.
Healthcare providers (including laboratories) can correct, modify and invalidate the documents retrospectively. We always publish updated information received from the health information system (TIS) as open data. Laboratories introduce changes, corrections and deletions, these will be included under the open data from the previous period.
Editor: Helen Wright