Health Board: Three new COVID-19 cases, one death related to the virus

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Three new cases of coronavirus have been found in Estonia in the past 24 hours, the Health Board (Terviseamet) reports, all of them in Ida-Viru County, bringing the total of current cases there to 30, related to two outbreak centers. There has also been one death related to the virus, the first reported since early June.

The board conducted a total of 320 primary COVID-19 tests in the past 24 hours, with three of these returning positive – a rate of 0.9 percent.

Of the three new cases, one is confirmed as a close contact of a recent outbreak linked to an oil shale mine operated by state energy generator Eesti Energia, which is currently closed.

The other focal point of infections in Ida-Viru County is a bar, Jõhvi Kelder, which is linked to a total of 15 cases, six of whom are family members of those who attended the bar, in the eastern Estonian town.

Police have banned late-night alcohol sales across Ida-Viru County after the Jõhvi outbreak, repeating a practice put in place in Tartu after an outbreak there.

There is cross-over between infections traced to Jõhvi Kelder and to the nearby mine – two of those who contracted coronavirus at the bar are miners, the health board says.

19 cases in total are linked to the mine, including eight family members and close acquaintances of miners.

First coronavirus-linked death in nearly three months

A 76-year-old woman, also resident in Ida-Viru County, who was infected with COVID-19 died in the past 24 hours as a result of comorbidities, the board says, bringing the total number of deaths in Estonia to 64. The last death relating to the virus was reported on June 2.

Eleven people are currently hospitalized in Estonia due to COVID-19, none of them on assisted breathing.

As of Monday morning, 402 coronavirus hospital cases have been wrapped up, in 389 people (some individuals have more than one case associated with them, hence the discrepancy).

A total of 2,025 people who contracted coronavirus in Estonia since late February have been declared recovered. 1,543 (76.2 percent) of these had their case terminated by a family doctor, hospital or medical professional, and the remaining 482 people meet the criteria of not having tested positive for the virus within the past 28 days, not being currently hospitalized due to the virus and not waiting for their coronavirus case to be wrapped-up.

Estonia has a present reported incidence of 8.9 coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents over the past 14 days. Visitors from countries with reported rates above 16 per 100,000 over the past two weeks must still self-quarantine upon arrival in Estonia, unless they need to leave home for essential work purposes. In that case, the individual must take a COVID-19 test immediately upon arrival in Estonia, and test negative, followed by taking another test within seven days, which must also return negative.

140,985 primary coronavirus tests have been conducted in Estonia since the end of January, with 2,275 (1.6 percent) of these returning positive.

There are an estimated 118 active coroanvirus cases in Estonia as of Monday morning, the Health Board says.

More detailed information is available from the koroonakaart website here

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Editor: Andrew Whyte

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