Health Board: Eight new cases of coronavirus over past 24 hours ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

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Health Board. Source: Siim Lõvi/ERR

1,427 tests of COVID-19 were analyzed in Estonia over the last 24 hours, with eight of them recorded as positive for the novel coronavirus, the Health Board (Terviseamet) announced on Tuesday.

According to data from the population registry, four of the cases were recorded in Harju County, one in Tartu County and three in Ida-Viru County.

Two cases in Ida-Viru County are related to close contact with someone previously diagnosed with COVID-19, one case in Tallinn was brought in from Russia and the patient in Tartu is an employee at Tartu University Hospital.

The sources for the rest of the cases are under further investigation.

The Health Board's South Region is currently monitoring 329 people, the North Region is monitoring 146 people and 86 people are monitored in the East.

Estonia has a new case rate of 8.3 per 100,000 people as an average of the last 14 days, the Health Board announced.

As of August 18, six people are receiving treatment in hospital with noone under ventilation.

There were 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.

To see more data visit koroonakaart.ee, which is continuing to analyze and publish the daily data in English, Russian and Estonian.

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