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COVID-19 blog, 5 August: twenty-two new positive test results have been added in the last 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen a total of 961 initial tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, with twenty-two new positive test results being added.

Based on the data in the population register, eight positive test results came from Tartu County (seven of which were from the city of Tartu), two from Rapla County and one from Ida-Viru County. Four of the new cases from Tartu County were related to Vabank and four were related to Naiiv. The two Rapla County cases and one Ida-Viru County case were also related to the Naiiv outbreak. According to adjusted data, the Vabank outbreak currently includes 33 infected individuals and the Naiiv outbreak fifteen infected individuals across Estonia. Eleven of the positive cases which cannot be linked to a specific county involve sailors from a vessel from which two people have already been hospitalised since yesterday.

As of the morning of 5 August, nine people in Estonia are being treated in hospital due to coronavirus, with one patient on a ventilator. There have been no new deaths in the past 24 hours. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of a total of 63 people in Estonia.

As of today, hospitals have closed a total of 394 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 381 people.

A total of 1,948 people have or are recovering from COVID-19 by today. The cases of 1,475 people have been closed (75.7% of the total) and, in the case of 473 people (24.3%), more than 28 days have passed since they tested positive and the individuals concerned are not being treated in hospital, meaning that they are awaiting confirmation of their recovery.

More than 121,000 initial tests have been analysed in Estonia, of which 2,113 or 1.7% of the total have been positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Detailed statistical data from the coronavirus tests is available at www.koroonakaart.ee/en.

In connection with an increase in the spreading of the virus, we have again expanded our testing capability with the help of medical services providers from the private sector. Thanks to this, anyone who has been referred to testing in Tartu, Narva, and Pärnu is now being tested in new locations. The new locations allow a higher number of people to provide nasopharyngeal coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 samples in more private conditions.

As of 6 August, in Narva, testing will be moved from the premises of the SYNLAB lab to the new address at 20 Joala tn where samples will be collected by the Corrigo samplers.

In Pärnu, as of 7 August, those referred to testing will be able to provide their nasopharyngeal samples in the car park at the Ladies’ Beach, Rannapark P1, with the help of the Qvalitas Medical Centre, instead of being tested indoors by SYNLAB.

In Tartu, the testing site will remain at 7 Ihaste tn until 10 August. From next week, however, a testing site operated by Qvalitas medical personnel will operate from the car park at 5 Kalda tee.

In Tartu and Pärnu, a test can now be carried out from a vehicle as well as on foot.

Anyone who wishes to have themselves tested in Tartu, Narva, or Pärnu will be notified of the new testing location by way of the coronavirus testing hotline which was established by SYNLAB and Medicum.

The next two weeks will be a critical period for Estonia, in the course of which we may be able to get the outbreaks under control if we all act responsibly. The most efficient measure which can be applied to avoid being infected is keeping one’s distance. In crowded places and especially indoors where it is not possible to maintain the required distance from other people, it is advisable to wear a mask. Closed, crowded spaces should be avoided if possible. Anyone who becomes ill should stay at home, even if their symptoms are mild. People should suspect that they have been infected with coronavirus and contact their family physician if they develop any symptoms. Family physicians have been instructed to refer everyone with a suspicion of COVID-19 to testing.

COVID-19 is a droplet infection which is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus spreading from one person to another as a result of sneezing and coughing or via contaminated surfaces and unwashed hands.

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