Eight people test positive for coronavirus

Person wearing protective mask (and goggles).
Person wearing protective mask (and goggles). Source: Priit Mürk/ERR

Over the past 24 hours, 654 initial tests of the SARS-CoV-2 virus were analyzed in Estonia, with 1.2 percent or eight people testing positive. There were no new deaths.

Data from the Population Register suggests five cases were diagnosed in Harju County, of which four in Tallinn, one in Lääne County, one in Pärnu County and one in Viljandi County.

As of Sunday morning, 14 patients require hospitalization in Estonia due to the coronavirus, there are no patients on assisted breathing. The virus has claimed a total of 69 lives in Estonia.

350 persons have been discharged from hospital and 362 cases of the disease have been closed.

So far, 1,681 persons have recovered from the disease. 1,300 (77.3 percent) of cases have been closed and in the cases of 381 persons (22.7 percent), more than 28 days have passed from a positive test result and they are not hospitalized.

A total of over 90,000 initial tests have been carried out in Estonia, of which 1,939 or 2.2 percent have been positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

More detailed statistics on coronavirus testing is available on the Health Board's website.

The Health Board reminds everyone that even after the end of the emergency situation, vigilance towards COVID-19 as well as other infectious diseases should stay high: hand hygiene, social distancing and staying home when sick are still important measures to follow. The coronavirus is spread mainly from person-to-person, usually via close contact with an infected person. Close contact is seen as a situation where people are closer than two meters to each other for the duration of 15 minutes.

COVID-19 is a droplet infection caused by SARS-CoV-2 that spreads through sneezing and coughing from people to people and by way of contaminated surfaces and unwashed hands.

It is possible to test for antibodies of the SARS-CoV-2 virus at the airport and passenger port from Monday.

Following orders from the government, the Health Board will launch a two-week period of coronavirus rapid testing at the Tallinn Airport and Tallinn Passenger Port from June 8. The tests make it possible to determine whether the person has had contact with the virus and likely had COVID-19.

Antibody tests donated to the state will be used.

Testing is voluntary and meant for Estonian residents. Tests are free for passengers. People are also asked to fill out a form that will be used to help interpret test results and serve as material for assessments of how many Estonians could have SARS-CoV-2 antibodies.

The tests are carried out using finger capillary blood samples.


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Editor: Marcus Turovski

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