Health Board: Five new COVID-19 cases, three of them in Tartu ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

A social distancing sign outside Tartu railway station which translates as
A social distancing sign outside Tartu railway station which translates as "I'll love you from afar". Source: Helen Wright / ERR

Five new cases of coronavirus have been detected in Estonia in the past 24 hours, the Health Board (Terviseamet) says, three of them in Tartu.

The new cases come from among 382 primary COVID-19 tests, a positive rate of 1.3 percent.

Three of the new cases were found in Tartu, epicenter of a recent outbreak traced to a nightclub and subsequently several other entertainment establishments.

One of the new cases relates to Shooters nightclub in the city, one had reportedly come into close contact with an infected individual and the origins of the third case are not yet clear, the board says.

Additionally, one of the three newly detected cases in Tartu is an individual who works at Tartu University Hospital.

The remaining two cases were both in Harju County and, according to population registry data, the individuals are Tallinn residents.

The recent cases bring the total of coronavirus infections directly relating to the Vabank nightclub, source of the outbreak after a carrier visited the club on July 18 while awaiting test results, to 35. Shooters now has 13 cases linked with it, and another club, Naiiv, has 17 cases traced to it.

Vabank and Naiiv are both currently closed, even ahead of the police on Friday imposing an alcohol sales ban between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. the next morning.

As of Sunday morning, eight people are hospitalized due to the virus, with one of these on a ventilator.

No deaths were reported overnight; the last death related to COVID-19 in Estonia occurred in early June, with the death toll remaining at 63 since the pandemic began.

A total of 396 coronavirus cases have been concluded in hospitals, relating to 383 people (some individuals have more than one case associated with them).

Since the first COVID-19 case was reported in Estonia in late February, 1,961 people have recovered from the virus, the Health Board says. Of these, 1,486 have had their coronavirus medical case closed, either by a family doctor, hospital or other medical professional. 475 are declared recovered as the meet the criteria of not having tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 28 days, are not currently hospitalized due to the virus and/or are not awaiting a hospital case pertaining to them to be closed.

125,619 primary COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Estonia since the end of January, of which 2,152 (1.7 percent) have tested positive.

More detailed information is available on the Koroonakaart site here.

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Editor: Andrew Whyte

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