Health Board: Seven new coronavirus cases, all traced to Tartu nightclub

Social distancing sign in Tartu.
Social distancing sign in Tartu. Source: Ahto Sooaru

Seven new cases of coronavirus have been found in Estonia in the past 24 hours, the Health Board (Terviseamet) said on Sunday, all of them related to the recent Vabank nightclub outbreak in Tartu. The agency also restated that 63 deaths related to coronavirus have occurred in Estonia, not 69 as previously reported.

Five of the new cases were diagnosed in people living in Tartu and two in Harju County (one of these in Tallinn).

All of the new cases are related to the person with symptoms who visited Vabank nightclub, the Health Board said on Sunday. The new cases were reportedly spread by people who had visited the club on July 18 at the same time as the infected person.

A total of 28 people have contracted COVD-19 from the Vabank outbreak. The outbreak was caused after a person with symptoms of coronavirus, including a fever, visited shops, a nightclub and the cinema in Tartu as well as a spa in Narva Jõesuu in Ida-Viru County.

The Health Board reiterated its revised figure of 63 deaths due to coronavirus in Estonia since the start of the pandemic. Earlier data had placed the figure at 69. However, preliminary data from the cause of deaths register administered by the National Institute for Health Development (TAI) says that in the first half of 2020, there were 63 deaths where COVID-19 was the root cause.

The last death related to COVID-19 was reported two months ago.

In total, 345 primary coronavirus tests were analyzed in the past 24 hours.

Five people are being treated in hospital due to the virus, none of them are using ventilators.

There are an estimated 51 active cases of the virus in Estonia at present. In total, 120,089 coronavirus tests have been administered in Estonia since the end of January, with 2,079 of these returning positive. This means there is a positive rate of 1.7 percent.

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