Health Board: Eight cases of coronavirus recorded in past 24 hours

Hand sanitizer at Narva Castle.
Hand sanitizer at Narva Castle. Source: Helen Wright / ERR

Eight new cases of coronavirus have been found in Estonia in the past 24 hours, the Health Board (Terviseamet) says, three of them staff at Tartu University Hospital.

Three of the positive tests came in Harju County (two of these in Tallinn), three in Tartu County (two of which were in Tartu city, site of a recent outbreak following an infected individual ignoring self-quarantining requirements after displaying symptoms) and one was found in Narva. The location of the eighth case – usually determined using population registry data – is unknown at present.

531 primary coronavirus tests were conducted.

The three Tartu County cases were all among staff members at Tartu University Hospital.

One of the Harju County cases is reported to have arisen from a localized outbreak in Ida-Viru County which was introduced by a traveler coming from Belarus, and another Harju case relates to the Vabank nightclub outbreak in Tartu, which began on July 18.

As of the morning of August 1, four people required hospital treatment in relation to COVID-19, none of them on controlled breathing.

There have been a total of 69 deaths related to coronavirus in Estonia since the pandemic began, though the last of these was nearly two months ago.

At the same time, preliminary data from the cause of deaths register administered by the National Institute for Health Development (TAI) says that that in the first half of 2020, there were 63 deaths where COVID-19 was the root cause, meaning the Health Board is now considering 63 to be the valid figure for coronavirus deaths.

As of Saturday morning, 393 coronavirus case files have been closed by hospitals, relating to 380 people (some individuals will have two or more coronavirus cases filed unter their name), 1,934 have been reported as recovered (1,467, or over 75 percent having had their cases wrapped up and the remaining 467 meeting the criteria of not being hospitalized due to the virus and more than 28 days having elapsed since their positive test).

119,746 coronavirus tests have been carried out since the end of January, of which 2,072, or 1.7 percent, tested positive.

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