Health Board: There is no hidden spread of coronavirus in Estonia

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Social distancing "Stay Healthy!" sign on Tallinn's Reidi Road. Source: Aron Urb/ Stenbock House

The Health Board said on Wednesday there is no hidden spread of coronavirus in Estonia. In the last two weeks, the majority of new cases have been diagnosed in family units.

Between July 6 - July 20, a total of 23 new infections were diagnosed in Estonia, the Health Board said in its weekly round-up. The infection rate is 1.9 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Of these, 12 (56.5 percent) contracted the disease from a family member, one at work (4.3 percent), and eight (34.8 percent) while abroad. The site of infection was unknown in one case (4.3 percent). 

Cases were registered in Harju, Ida-Viru, Järva, Lääne, Pärnu and Tartu counties. 

Considering the slowing rate of morbidity a large number of tests per week - 1.8 tests per 1,000 - and the low proportion of positive tests at just 0.2 percent, it can be said that there is no hidden spread of the disease in Estonia, the Heath Board wrote.

As of July 20, only four people are being treated in hospital and one patient is using a ventilator. 1,439 persons have recovered - 71.2 percent of the total number - and for 471 people 28 days have passed since they gave a positive test.

In total, 8.7 percent of the Estonian population has been tested for the virus and 115,518 tests have been carried out.

Although the incidence of infections is declining, the risk has not disappeared and special care should be taken when traveling. 

The Health Board reminds everyone to follow hand hygiene measures and stay at home if symptoms develop, such as a runny nose, cough and fever.

Daily figures 

Three new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed in Estonia in the last 24 hours, official data published by Koroonakaart showed on Wednesday. 

One of the cases was registered in a person from, or based in, Ida-Viru County.

There are 22 active cases, five fewer than yesterday and no deaths.

There have been 2,025 cases of coronavirus diagnosed since February.

Härma: The situation is in Estonia calm

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, the acting head of the Health Board Mari-Anne Härma said the situation concerning coronavirus in Estonia is calm at the moment.

"We haven't seen major increases and we haven't got anywhere to fall to. The number of tests conducted per week has declined a bit. People who don't have many [health] concerns have no reason to turn to a doctor. Since the rate of positive tests is lower than one percent, there's no reason to suspect an extensive spread in Estonia. There have been new cases in Harju County and East-Viru County, but they aren't showing an upward trend," she added.

She said the infection cases originating in foreign countries were to do with the United States, Ukraine, and Spain.

ERR News reported earlier on Wednesday three of the Ukrainian workers flown in on a special fight by the Chamber of Agriculture and Commerce on Tuesday tested positive for coronavirus.


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Editor: Helen Wright

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