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Testing kit for the COVID-19 virus.
Testing kit for the COVID-19 virus. Source: Priit Mürk/ERR

Twenty new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed in the last 24 hours, the Health Board said on Friday morning. Several cases were caught at work which is concerning for the Health Board.

In the last 24 hours, 1,122 tests for SARS-CoV-2 were analyzed in Estonia with 20 new cases diagnosed or 1.8 percent of the total  

Fifteen of the cases were recorded in Harju County and 11 of those were in people who lived in Tallinn. Three cases were diagnosed in Ida-Viru County and one each in Lääne-Viru and Valga counties. 

Several of the new cases in Harju and Ida-Viru counties were caught in the workplace.

Martin Kadai, Head of the Emergency Medicine Department of the Health Board, said this is a concern. 

"We see that people are going to work sick, putting their colleagues at risk. If we take something from this crisis, it could be a habit to stay at home when sick," said Kadai, who said employers should be more supportive of staying home from work. 

"If a company stops working due to the spread of the virus, the damage will certainly be significantly greater than if the [sick] employee had stayed at home."

As of Friday morning, 16 people in Estonia need hospital treatment due to the coronavirus - four fewer than Thursday. There are no patients using ventilators. 

There were no new deaths during the day. In total, the coronavirus has claimed the lives of 69 people in Estonia.

347 people have been discharged hospital, 359 cases of COVID-19 have been closed and 1,677 people have recovered. There are estimated to be 103 active cases.

A total of 88,570 primary tests have been performed in Estonia, of which 1,910 or 2.2 percent have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The last time 20 or more cases were diagnosed on a single day was on April 29.

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