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A coronavirus ward in Kuressaare Hospital during the pandemic.
A coronavirus ward in Kuressaare Hospital during the pandemic. Source: Social Media/Kuressaare Hospital

Close to 85 percent of the coronavirus patients who have died in Estonia were over 70 years old, and most of them suffered from underlying health conditions.

As of Tuesday, 69 patients diagnosed with the virus in Estonia have died, 56 of them passed away while hospitalized with a COVID-19 diagnosis and 13 either at a care facility or at their own home, data by the Estonian Health Board shows.

Altogether 84 percent of COVID-19-positive patients who have died were over the age of 70. The data on causes of death indicates that most of them had underlying illnesses, such as diabetes, chronic pulmonary diseases and kidney diseases.

Thirty-three COVID-19 patients have required mechanical ventilation. From May 26, none of the hospitalized patients have been on mechanical ventilation.

The cases of 362 hospitalized patients have been closed while 16 patients are currently undergoing hospital treatment.

Family doctors have diagnosed altogether 519 patients with the virus based on the patients' clinical picture, 427 of them in March.

Coronavirus reached 24 care homes in Estonia

Close to 190 residents of 24 care homes in Estonia have to date contracted the coronavirus, according to the Health Board.

General care homes number 186 in Estonia and specialized care homes 47. Cases of the novel coronavirus have been discovered in 24 care homes, data by the Health Board shows.

Care home employees who have contracted the virus number 61 and residents 186.

Over 200 people caught coronavirus after Saaremaa and Võru outbreaks

A total of 201 people tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) at three large pubic events in Estonia at the beginning of the outbreak in February and March, data from the Health Board shows.

At the first outbreak at the volleyball match in Saaremaa, 39 participants in several volleyball competitions held over the weekend picked up the infection, including nine players and their coaches. The disease spread to a total of 60 people as a result of the matches.

Several participants in volleyball competitions also visited a champagne festival in Kuressaare on the same weekend.

After the festival, 47 people contracted coronavirus, who in turn passed the disease on to another 14 people. A total of 61 people fell ill as a result of the festival.

The third event, which saw a higher number of people infected, was a birthday held in Võru County in March. 

Of the 101 people who attended, 60 became infected with COVID-19. They transmitted the disease to 16 people, who passed the disease on to three people, who then infected one more person. A total of 80 people became infected as a result of this gathering.

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Editor: Helen Wright

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