22 new cases of coronavirus have been found in Estonia in the past 24 hours, the Health Board (Terviseamet) announced on Wednesday, 11 are traced back to parties in Tartu in late-July and 11 were diagnosed on a ship docked at Sillamäe since August 3.
According to data from the population registry, eight new cases were diagnosed in Tartu, two in Rapla County and one in Ida-Viru County. All of those cases can be traced back to parties in Tartu where people with symptoms were in attendance.
There are now 33 cases connected to Vabank night club and another 15 are traced back to a separate party at Naiiv bar.
11 new cases had no information in the population register and are related to a ship docked in Sillamäe, which already saw two people hospitalized on Tuesday.
A total of 121,946 tests have been carried out in Estonia since February, of which 2,113 (1.7 percent) have been confirmed as the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
As of Wednesday, nine people are being treated in hospital with one on ventialtion. There are estimated to be 90 active cases in the country with no deaths reported, leaving the total at 63. The last death recorded was on June 2.
On August 1, the Health Board reported it had corrected the amount of deaths recorded directly the result of COVID-19 in Estonia from 69, to 63.
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.
As written in the press release sent on Wednesday: "The next two weeks are a critical period during which we can control the spread if we act responsibly. The most effective way to alleviate infection spreading is to maintain social distancing. In crowded ares, especially indoors, where distancing is not possible, it is recommended to wear a mask.
"Please stay home when you are ill, even if you have light symptoms. Any symptoms should arise coronavirus suspicion and your family physician should be contacted. They have been given directives to send everyone to COVID-19 testing."
Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) wrote on social media on Tuesday that discussions at the next regular government meeting on Thursday, August 6, may take on a different tone, due to the number of new coronavirus cases rising, and examples emerging of members of the public behaving irresponsibly while infected with the virus.
Ratas noted: "The tone of the discussion may change at Thursday's sitting, however," he said. The prime minister pointed out that as of last Friday, Estonia's infection rate was 2.6 while at the start of July the indicator was at 1.0.
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Editor: Kristjan Kallaste