Coronavirus hospitalized numbers double to eight

Ambulance worker in protective clothing during the peak of the pandemic so far, in Spring.
Ambulance worker in protective clothing during the peak of the pandemic so far, in Spring. Source: Margus Muld/ERR

The recent rise in reported coronavirus cases has been passed on to hospitalization numbers, which have also risen, from four early on Tuesday morning, to eight as of noon.

One of those in hospital due to COVID-19 is on a ventilator, the first such case in over two weeks. Two individuals are foreign sailors who had recently arrived on board a cargo vessel.

The latest cases were not reported in the Health Board's daily update, as this is compiled earlier in the morning.

"The new figures [on hospitalization] arrived after the time we received the information, so they will be included in our announcement tomorrow," Eike Kingsepp, the board's media adviser, told ERR Tuesday.

Among the eight currently reported in hospital, two were seamen from outside Estonia who arrived at the port of Sillamäe, Ida-Viru County, and whose state of health required hospital treatment.

Most of those currently in hospital are being treated in Ida-Viru County; one contracted the virus as a result of the Tartu nightclub outbreak which has spread since an infected individual visited the club on July 19, and several other public places, despite displaying symptoms and awaiting a COVID-19 test result.

The number of reported active cases, i.e. people who have contracted the virus but have not recovered yet, has also risen, to 69, compared with an estimated 51 on Sunday.

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Editor: Andrew Whyte

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