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COVID-19 blog, May 9: 8 new positive tests in the last 24 hours

In the last 24 hours, 954 first time tests of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 were analysed, 8 of which, i.e. 0.8%, came back positive.

According to the Population Register data, 3 additional positive test results were registered to Harju County (Tallinn), 3 to Pärnu County (Pärnu) and 1 to Ida-Viru County and 1 to Võru County.

As of the morning of May 9, 48 people in Estonia require hospitalisation and 5 of those require ventilation. 276 people have been discharged from the hospital; 285 cases have been closed. Over the previous 24 hours, an 81-year old woman died at Pärnu Hospital.  As of yesterday, the Health Board has access to the death notifications from the register of deaths for people with positive COVID-19 tests.  Therefore, additional information was provided about the three people who died at home: April 24, a 64-year-old man died at home in Saare County, April 26, a 68-year-old man died at home in Viljandi County and on May 6, a 79-year-old man died at home in Harju County (Tallinn). In total, 60 people have died due to the coronavirus in Estonia

As of today, 1,219 persons have recovered.  747 medical cases have been closed (61,3%), for  472 persons (38,7%) more than 28 days have passed since they tested positive, and the person does not require hospital treatment.

62,720 first time tests have been conducted in Estonia. Of these, 1733, or 2.8 percent have been positive for SARS-CoV-2. More exact statistics on the corona tests can be viewed at

Information regarding the emergency situation

The emergency situation was established in Estonia on March 12 in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus and will remain in force until May 17. During the emergency situation, the 2-by-2 rule is in force in public places: up to two people can be in a public place together and at least a 2-metre distance must be kept from others.

From May 11, sales and service premises of the shopping centres may open, also catering establishments, provided that the availability of disinfectants is guaranteed, and the 2+2 rule is adhered to. The rules also apply to the spaces of public use in the shopping centres, and all other service premises and catering establishments outside of shopping centres.

Until now, only businesses offering certain types of goods and services, like grocery stores and pharmacies, were allowed to operate in shopping centres. As of next week, however, other stores and service providers in shopping centres, like pet stores, shoe and watch repair services, hairdressers, and beauty salons, may be opened as well, provided that they follow the hygiene requirements.

From May 11, the shopping centre catering establishments that up until now were only allowed to sell food for takeaway may start offering food to be consumed on the premises. The catering establishments have to observe the 2+2 rule, and place tables in a way that ensures a 2-metre distance and allows a maximum on 2 people to sit at the table (except for families). It is recommended that the catering establishments provide only table-service, in order to reduce the contacts the clients have with different service personnel and other customers.

The requirement that the onsite consumption of food must end at 10pm at the latest will remain in force, to avoid evening gatherings of people in restaurants, cafes, and bars.

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As of Monday morning, a total of 146 COVID-19 patients required hospitalisation

Monday morning saw a grand total of 146 COVID-19 patients who required hospitalisation. In week 30, an overall figure of 143 new cases of COVID-19 were registered by hospitals.


As of Monday morning, a total of 133 COVID-19 patients required hospitalisation.

The figures for Monday morning showed a total of 133 COVID-19 patients who required hospitalisation. In week 29, there were 117 new cases of COVID-19 which were registered in hospitals. Among people over sixty the number of positive tests has increased by more than 50%.