COVID-19 14-day infection rate surpasses 1,000-mark for first time

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A discarded surgical face-mask. Source: Ken Mürk/ERR

Estonia's two-week infection rate per 100,000 people rose to a record level on Monday, March 1, exceeding the thousand-mark at 1,035, nearly eight times higher than in neighboring Finland, and double Latvia's rate as well.

The figures Estonia put Estonia in fourth place among European nations by 14-day rate, with higher rates only to be found in the Czech Republic (1,377), San Marino (1,288) and Montenegro (1,101).

Since fewer tests are taken at weekends than during the weekdays, the lag may see Estonia rise even higher during the course of the week.

Of neighboring countries, Finland has the lowest infection rate (132.7), though the rate has been increasing as well.

By weekly comparison, Lithuania's infection rate has also increased slightly (309 per 100,000), though is significantly lower than at the end of December last year, when it topped the EU league table with over 1,500 per 100,000.

Latvia's infection rate was 503, a slight decrease on the previous week.

Sweden's infection rate stood at 484, though its trend is somewhat upwards too.

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Editor: Roberta Vaino

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