Health Board: Two new cases of coronavirus diagnosed in last 24 hours ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

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Social distancing sign in Tallinn's Politseipark.
Social distancing sign in Tallinn's Politseipark. Source: Helen Wright / ERR

Two new positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) were reported in the last 24 hours, the Health Board said on Saturday. The number of people being treated in hospital has fallen below 10.

Over the past 24 hours, 748 tests were analysed for the COVID-19 causing SARS-CoV-2 virus, of which two - or 0.3 percent - showed positive results.

Based on data from the population register, the new positive tests were recorded in residents of Tallinn in Harju County.

As of Saturday morning, eight patients are being treated in hospitals and one is on a ventilator.

Over the last 24-hour period no new COVID-19 linked death cases were reported. In total, the coronavirus has caused the deaths of 69 persons in Estonia. 383 people have been discharged.

To date, 1,758 persons have recovered from the disease.

A total of 102,487 first time tests have been carried out in Estonia, of which 1,981 (1.9 percent) have been positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

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For more detailed statistics on coronavirus testing, visit  www.koroonakaart.ee/en.

Tallinn Prison medical worker tests positive for coronavirus

A member of medical staff at Tallinn Prison was found to have contracted coronavirus on Friday.

The part-time medic last performed their duties in the prison on Tuesday. The prison is testing all prisoners and staff who may have come in contact with the infected person, prison spokespeople said on social media.

Altogether five prison employees in Estonia have tested positive so far. To date, no inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.

Message from the Health Board

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 2 metres 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.

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Editor: Helen Wright

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