Health Board corona detectives trace most infections to the source

Health Board logo.
Health Board logo. Source: Siim Lõvi/ERR

Compared to the emergency situation in spring, when people did not move around much, the Health Board's (Terviseamet) detectives in charge of tracing and mapping coronavirus cases have found their work more complicated now. Still, the source of just 10 percent of cases stays uncovered.

Kadri Juhkam, head of the Health Board's region for West Estonia, told ETV's morning show "Terevisioon" on Friday: "In the spring, people did not move around much, our work has now become much more complicated."

Sources for 10 percent of cases stay uncovered. "We are able to find the source for a majority of the cases," Juhkam added.

She noted that people often do not remember their exact movements and contacts, although they are called multiple times. In addition, the perception of time can also be shaky.

Juhkam explained: "Often times we can check the information by speaking to close contacts."

The Health Board has some twenty detectives mapping out coronavirus cases. During the high periods of the coronavirus pandemic, they also included people from other departments as detectives.

As of Friday morning, there are 2,441 confirmed cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in Estonia with an estimated 214 cases active currently. More info available here.

The 14-day average is 16 per 100,000 inhabitants, meaning Estonia has reached the threshold for traveling without restrictions in the European Union, possibly leading to further measures and restrictions implemented going forward.


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Editor: Kristjan Kallaste

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