Day brings 1,375 new COVID-19 cases, seven deaths

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A Tallinn Children's Hospital ambulance. Source: Tallinn Children's Hospital

A total of 6,768 tests for the SARS-CoV-2 virus were analyzed of which 1,375 or 20.3 percent were initial positives. Seven COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours.

Hospitals opened 75 new COVID-19 cases, with 685 patients hospitalized, up 29 from Saturday. 68 patients need to be treated in the ICU and 49 are on respiratory assist.

Hospitals discharged 30 people and transferred eight patients to non-Covid wards.

Seven people died, with COVID-19 now associated with 787 deaths in Estonia.

Population register data suggests most new cases were registered in Harju County at 815 of which 616 in Tallinn.

Ida-Viru County got 190, Lääne-Viru County 90, Pärnu County 41, Tartu County 32, Rapla County 29, Jõgeva County 25 and Saare County 23 cases. New positives numbered 17 in Järva County, 15 in Võru County, 13 in Viljandi and Valga counties, 11 in Lääne County, ten in Hiiu County and seven in Põlva County. No fewer than 44 people diagnosed did not have a registered address in Estonia.

The 14-day case rate per 100,000 people is now 1,535.1 and initial positives make up 19.8 percent of all tests administered.

67,814 people have recovered

By Sunday, March 21, 67,814 people have recovered from COVID-19, with the cases of 48,027 people (70.8 percent) closed and 19,787 people (29.2 percent) waiting to be declared healthy.

Estonia has administered over 1,085,350 tests for the SARS-CoV-2 virus since relevant capacity was created in the spring of 2020. The initial positives tally comes to 95,401 (8.8 percent of all tests).

A total of 2,285 people were vaccinated in the last 24 hours, with 2,228 people receiving the first dose and 57 their second. Estonia has immunized 166,163 people of whom 57,003 have received both shots.

COVID-19 situation critical

The Health Board emphasizes that the COVID-19 situation is critical in Estonia and morbidity rates high all over the country. More infectious strains of the virus are spreading quickly and hospitals are short on available beds.

The government has laid down restrictions to limit contact between people, including closing shopping centers and catering establishments for a month. Entertainment and public events have been canceled and indoor sports and hobby activities banned.

People are urged to search for information on the coronavirus, COVID-19 disease and vaccines from trustworthy sources only. Vaccination information is available at www.vaktsineeri.ee/en. Additional information available on the Health Board's website and Facebook page.

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Editor: Marcus Turovski

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