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COVID-19 morbidity levels are on the decline, but hospitalisation rates remain high

COVID-19 morbidity levels are on the decline, but hospitalisation rates remain high

According to last week’s data, COVID-19 morbidity levels are on a downward trend at the moment. According to the Health Board’s current forecasts, an average of 1,400 newly infected people can be expected each day this week.

According to Hanna Sepp, head of the Health Board’s Department of Infectious Diseases, almost 15,000 new cases of the illness were added last week, although the number of registered infections has decreased by almost 34% when compared to the figures for the week before that. The ‘R’ infection factor dropped to the encouragingly low figure of 0.75. Sepp added that ‘The reduction in the morbidity and infection rates allows us to predict that the lowering of morbidity rates will continue, and that this week we will see a total of almost 10,000 infected people,’ with that figure being a significant reduction.

According to Sepp, morbidity levels for the last fourteen days is on an encouraging downward trend in all of Estonia’s counties. The largest level of decrease was observed in Lääne-Virumaa. According to last week’s data, morbidity levels decreased across all age groups. A larger decrease was observed in the 25-29 year-old age group, as well as in the 40-44 and 45-49 year-old groups. According to Sepp, seeing a similar decrease in morbidity levels in the elderly is a further source of encouragement, which is what makes it possible to predict that in coming weeks we will also see a decrease in hospitalisation rates.

No significant decrease was observed last week in the need for hospital treatment, with this requirement tending to remain somewhat stable. However, the number of people who find themselves in need of hospital treatment is set to drop this week, with perhaps no more than 550 patients expected to be hospitalised over the next week.

Yesterday, the government lifted the obligation to verify COVID certificates and the 11:00pm closing restriction. Coronavirus is still widespread across Estonia, and the obligation to wear a facemask when on public premises remains in force. The Health Board still recommends caution. ‘Although the updated safety measures allow us to move around more freely than before, the risk of infection remains very high. As many of the previous restrictions have now been eased at the national level, it is time for everyone to take responsibility for their own health by going for vaccinations and following other familiar prevention measures,’ Sepp emphasised, adding that the risk of infection is still high in crowded indoor environments.

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