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Incidents involving COVID-19 are showing a downward trend, but risk levels remain very high

Incidents involving COVID-19 are showing a downward trend, but risk levels remain very high

Based on the infection statistics for the last week, the incidence of COVID-19 is on a downward trend. This week’s forecast shows an average of more than 2,500 infections a day.

Last week 22,680 cases of positive COVID-19 infections were added, compared to over 31,000 a week earlier. According to Hanna Sepa, head of the Health Board’s Communicable Diseases Department, incidence levels over the past fourteen days have been on a downward trend across all counties. ‘Typically, the biggest drop was amongst school-age individuals due to the school half-term holiday, while incidence levels amongst the elderly remained rather stable,’ she explained.

The number of people on hospital sick leave is just under 600, but could drop to 550 by next week. There is no significant reduction in the immediate need for hospitalisation, with hospital admissions remaining somewhat stable. Last week, 57 people died, of whom 36 were unvaccinated. The age of the deceased ranged from 21 to 98, with an average age of 77, and all had co-morbidities.

Third doses are crucial in order to be able to limit the growth of hospital-acquired infections and also to help to prevent serious adverse events. The need for hospital treatment for COVID-19 sufferers remains high. Scheduled treatments will remain limited, delaying treatment for thousands of people over the course of the week. More beds can only be created if staff are available to treat patients. At the moment, staff shortages in hospitals is the main constraint.

A more detailed special overview is available here: www.terviseamet.ee/sites/default/files/Nakkushaigused/COVID-19/ulevaade_07.03.2022.pdf (PDF)

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