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Health Board: 13 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in last 24 hours

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13 positive tests for coronavirus (COVID-19) were recorded in the last 24 hours, the Health Board said on Friday. The outbreak in Tartu continues, as nine cases were discoved in the county.

A total of 721 tests were analyzed, with nine cases in Tartu County, two in Harju County, one in Ida-Viru County.

Four cases in Tartu have already been connected to a person who visited public spaces like the Vabank nightclub and Lõunakeskus shopping center. One of the cases in Harju County was the partner of someone in the nightclub and two were infected in Narva County at an e-sport event which an infected person also visited.

The Tartu outbreak currently has infected 15 people with the Health Board saying more new cases are to be expected in the coming days.

One of the cases in Ida-Viru County was connected to a visitor from Belarus, all other cases of the last 24 hours are still being investigated.

On Friday, a Qvalitas testing center was opened in Tartu next to the A.Le Coq Sport sports center. Same-day rapid tests are available.

Tiia Luht, the head of the Southern Regional Department of the Health Board, said on Thursday that the cases of COVID-19 in Tartu are related to a case on July 24, where a person displaying symptoms of the virus visited a night club.

Luht said: "As the circle of contacts is rather large, we can unfortunately predict a steady increase in new cases."

She added that restrictions will be set if the infection rate in Estonia will exceed 25 per 100,000 persons over 14 days.

A total of 119.213 tests have been carried out in Estonia since February, of which 2,064 have been confirmed as the SARS-CoV-2 virus. There are a total of 44 active cases estimated in Estonia.

As of Friday morning, four people are being treated in hospital with noone needing a ventilator.

There were no deaths during the day, keeping the total at 69.

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 15 minutes.

To see more data visit koroonakaart.ee, which is continuing to analyze and publish the daily data in English, Russian and Estonian.


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Editor: Kristjan Kallaste

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