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Forty-five new positive COVID-19 cases added over last 24 hours

Over last 24 hours 1,513 COVID-19 virus tests were analysed in Estonia, 3% of them, i.e. 45 tests came back positive.  In total, 32,263 coronavirus tests have been performed in Estonia, of which 1,373 i.e. 4,3% have shown positive results.

As of the morning of April 14, 146 patients require hospitalisation due to the novel coronavirus, 11 persons require ventilation. 115 people have been discharged. During the previous 24 h period, a 84-year old woman at Südame care home on Saaremaa Island, a 90-year old man at the West-Tallinn Central Hospital, a 90-year old man at Kuressaare Hospital, and a 73-year old woman at Pärnu Hospital have died due to COVID-19.   Total 31 people have died in Estonia due to the coronavirus.

According to the population register, the highest number of coronavirus cases were found in Harju County (19), Pärnu County (11), Saaremaa Island (6), Ida-Viru County (3), Tartu County (2).  Rapla County, Põlva County, Viljandi County and Viru County had one new case each.  Today most of the cases are still in the age group 55-59 (11%), followed by 45-49yo, and 50-54yo both 10%.  Detailed statistical information of coronavirus testing is available at: www.koroonakaart.ee/en.

As of yesterday, the Kuressaare Hospital has gained testing capabilies for diagnosing COVID-19.  Now Kuressaare Hospital will get test results for incoming patients for COVID-19 in four hours, instead of previous 36-48 hours.  The staff of Kuressaare Hospital laboratory received training from colleagues in the Northern Estonia Regional Hospital and the laboratory has the necessary equipment for testing.

Due to the emergency situation in Estonia, the prohibition to visit applies to all social welfare institutions, hospitals and detention facilities until the preliminary date of 1 May 2020.  To contain further spread of the COVID-19 infection, the Health Board ordered the suspension of all regular, scheduled health care services outside the national network of hospitals. Private medical establishments and dental clinics will only provide emergency care. All scheduled treatments will be suspended to contain the spread of the virus and in the interest of using personal protective equipment more economically. Continuation of planned treatments, which have already been started, will be reassessed by the doctor and patient, on a case-by-case basis. All planned treatments will need to be carried out if the suspension would endanger the patient’s health.
 

Clarification of the Health and Welfare Information Systems Centre (TEHIK) regarding the publication of data:

Healthcare providers (including laboratories) can correct, modify and invalidate the documents retrospectively.  We always publish updated information for previous 24 hrs received from the health information system (TIS) as open data.  Laboratories introduce changes, corrections and deletions, these will be included under the open data from the previous period.

Additional information can be found on the Health Board website on coronavirus: www.terviseamet.ee/uuskoroonaviirus and on the Health Board Facebook page.  Questions regarding the emergency situation will be answered on the Government website: www.valitsus.ee/et/eriolukord#KKK.

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