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COVID-19 testing kits.
COVID-19 testing kits. Source: Priit Mürk/ERR

Eight new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) were diagnosed in Estonia in the last 24 hours, the Health Board said on Saturday. Deaths have risen to 60.

During the last day, 954 tests were analysed across the country and eight reported positive results which is 0.8 percent.

Three positive test results were diagnosed in Tallinn in Harju County, three in Pärnu in Pärnu County, and one each in Ida-Viru and Võru counties.

As of Saturday morning, 48 people in Estonia require hospital treatment due to the coronavirus, five of them are using ventilators.

Over the course of the last day, 10 patients were released from hospitals. On Friday morning, the Health Board said 58 people were being treated in hospital due to the coronavirus and five of them were breathing with the aid of ventilators. On Wednesday 67 people were being treated in hospital.

To date, 276 people have been sent home from hospital, 285 cases have been closed. 

A total of 62,720 tests have been carried out in Estonia, of which 1,733 or 2.8 percent have been positive.  

As of today, 1,219 people have been healed. Of these, 747 cases have been terminated (61.3 percent), 472 people (38.7% percent) have reported a positive test for more than 28 days but are not in hospital.

Deaths

During the past 24 hours, an 81-year-old woman died in Pärnu Hospital. 

Data on the deaths of people who received a positive COVID-19 test after they died were also made available to the Health Board yesterday. Three people were added who died at home.

On April 24, a 64-year-old man died at home in Saare County, on April 26, a 68-year-old man died at home in Viljandi County, and on May 6, A 79-year-old man died at home in Tallinn in Harju County. In total, the coronavirus has claimed the lives of 60 people in Estonia.

To see more data visit https://koroonakaart.ee/en.

Information regarding the emergency situation

The emergency situation that was announced on March 12 in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus will last until May 17 in Estonia.

During the emergency situation, the 2+2 rule is in force in public places: up to two people can move around together and at least a 2-metre distance must be kept from others.

From May 11, the shopping centres may open sales and service spaces and eateries, provided that the availability of disinfectants is guaranteed there and the 2+2 rule is adhered to. The rules also apply to the spaces of general use in the shopping centres, and all other service spaces and eateries outside of shopping centres.

Only enterprises offering certain goods and services, like grocery stores and pharmacies, were allowed to operate in shopping centres up until now. As of next week, however, other stores and service providers in shopping centres, like pet stores, shoe and watch repair services, hairdressers and beauty salons, may be opened as well, provided that they follow the hygiene requirements.

From May 11, the shopping centre eateries that up until now were only allowed to sell food for takeaway may start offering food for onsite consumption as well. The eateries have to follow the 2+2 rule, and place tables in a way that ensures a 2-metre distance between the tables and allows a maximum on 2 people to sit at the table (families excluded). It is recommended that the eateries provide service only at the table, in order to reduce the contacts the clients have with different service personnel and visitors.

The requirement that the onsite consumption of food must end at 10pm at the latest will remain in force, to avoid evening gatherings of people in restaurants, cafes and bars

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