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11 new positive tests results over the past 24 hours

Over the past 24 hours, 864 COVID-19 virus tests were analysed in Estonia, of which 11 tests (1%) showed positive results. Based on data from the population register, over the 24 hour period the highest number of coronavirus cases were found in Harju County (6), followed by Saare County (3), and Ida-Viru County (2).

According to the latest data from the morning of 6 April, 129 patients (55 women and 74 men) require hospitalisation in Estonia due to the novel coronavirus, of whom 14 are on ventilation. Due to COVID-19, over the past 24 hours 4 patients died at the Kuressaare Hospital: a 60 year old man, a 72 year old man, a 78 year old woman, and an 86 year old woman. In total, 19 people have died in Estonia due to the COVID-19 virus.

In total, 21 866 tests have been analysed in Estonia, of which 1108 (5%) have shown positive results. Of the positive results, 38% are in Saare County and 31% in Harju County. More detailed statistics about the Coronavirus tests are available here: www.koroonakaart.ee/en

Explanation from the Health and Welfare Information Systems Centre:

As of 7 am this morning, 864 first time test results from the past 24 hours showed 11 positive results. 853 tests showed negative results. At the Health and Welfare Information Systems Centre, we carried out a quality control of the information submitted to us, and we did not detect any deviations from the standards. The total number of all submitted results also correlates with last Sunday, 29 March, when 852 test results were sent to us.  

In the open source data, we publish the latest information, updated once every 24 hours, based on data from the health information system TIS.

Healthcare service providers (including laboratories) have the option of making corrections, changes and cancellations to the submitted documents. Changing documents, for example, might be done in order to improve the quality of information. In such case, the laboratory’s information system sends a new version of the previously submitted document to the health information system, and the previous version is voided. Therefore, when it comes to the total number of results, it is not always possible to add the previous day’s total to the numbers submitted for the past 24 hours. Instead, on the timeline, the total is calculated as a sum total of the currently valid results. That principle applies to negative as well as positive results.

Due to the emergency situation in Estonia, a ban on visits applies to all social welfare institutions, hospitals and prisons until the preliminary date of 1 May 2020, unless otherwise decided by the government. To contain the further spread of the COVID-19 infection, the Health Board ordered the cessation of all regular, planned health care outside of the national network of hospitals. Private medical establishments and dental clinics will only provide emergency care. Regular treatments are stopped to contain the spread of the virus and in the interest of using personal protective equipment more economically. Regular treatments that have already been started will be reassessed by the doctor and patient, on a case-by-case basis. All regular treatments, whose cessation would endanger a patient’s health, will definitely have to be carried out to their completion.

Additional information is available on the Health Board’s dedicated website and on the Health Board Facebook page. Questions about the emergency situation are answered on the government website.

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