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Social distancing sign on Rüütli street in Tartu.
Social distancing sign on Rüütli street in Tartu. Source: Helen Wright /ERR

Of the 454 initial coronavirus tests analyzed in Estonia over the past 24 hours, seven came back positive.

Data from the population register suggests that five cases were diagnosed in Ida-Viru County, one in Harju County and one in Tartu County.

The case in Tartu County follows a close contact with a previously diagnosed person, while the source of infection remains unknown in Harju County.

Four new cases of COVID-19 in Ida-Viru County are tied to the Estonia oil shale mine outbreak, with one employee and three close persons of people associated with the mine diagnosed. The circumstances of one positive case are still being ascertained.

Over 30 cases tied to two Ida-Viru County outbreaks

The so-called Jõhvi Kelder (a bar in Jõhvi – ed.) outbreak concerns nine patrons two of whom are also employees of the Estonia mine. The outbreak concerns a total of 15 people six of whom are family members of patrons.

In the mine, a total of 13 employees have tested positive for COVID-19. Seven family members and acquaintances of mine employees have also taken ill. Because the two Estonia mine employees who were infected at the Jõhvi Kelder count as part of that outbreak, the Estonia mine outbreak currently stands at 18 cases.

Two people discharged, one new case opened

As of the morning of Sunday, August 23, there are 10 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Estonia, while there are no patients on assisted breathing. Two people were discharged from hospital, one new COVID-19 case was opened. No one died of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, while the disease has claimed a total of 63 lives in Estonia. Hospitals have closed 402 COVID-19 cases involving 389 people.

By today, 2,204 people have recovered. Hospitals have closed 1,543 treatment cases (76.2 percent), while 481 people have gone 28 days without testing positive for the virus and are waiting to be declared healthy.

The case rate for the past 14 days is 9.1 per 100,000 people.

Estonia has carried out a total of around 141,000 initial tests of which 2,272 (1.6 percent) have been positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

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Editor: Marcus Turovski

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