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Two more people have been diagnosed with coronavirus

Earlier this morning, two adults in Tallinn who had returned from Northern Italy and France were diagnosed with novel coronavirus that started spreading from China. In Estonia, total of 12 people have been tested positive to coronavirus.

Since January 31, the laboratory of the Health Board has performed a total of 350 COVID-19 tests. In Estonia, the laboratories of the Health Board and Synlab currently have the facilities to detect viral disease COVID-19. In the coming days, these facilities will also be created in the laboratories of North Estonia Medical Centre, Tartu University Clinic, Ida-Viru Central Hospital and Pärnu Hospital.

Coronavirus sample will be collected following the healthcare professional’s decision who determines the need for analysis based on a case definition, or symptoms that have occurred, and whether the person has recently visited the risk area or may have been in close contact with someone carrying coronavirus. Based on the risk assessment of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the Health Board considers the People's Republic of China, Italy, Iran and South Korea to be coronavirus risk areas.

A coronavirus test can be successfully performed on a person who already has symptoms of the disease. The test is very likely to give a false negative result if performed before symptoms such as cough, fever and breathing difficulties have occurred.

If you suspects coronavirus, consult your family physician or call the family physician advisory line 1220. In the event of a serious health problem (such as difficulty breathing) call 112. Do not go to the emergency department of any hospital for help, as by doing this you may spread the virus to other people in the room. People who are waiting coronavirus test results or who have tested positive must stay at home to prevent any further spread of the infection.

In addition to usual ambulance crews, in Tallinn and Tartu, there are additional two-member paramedic teams consisting of a health care professional and an emergency medical technician, serving only suspected coronavirus cases. The two-member teams take coronavirus samples at the suspected person’s home. In public places (such as airports and ports), a three-member ambulance crew responds to suspected cases of coronavirus, delivering suspected persons to a hospital.

According to the information known today, the symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to flu symptoms. The virus can cause cough, fever and difficulty breathing. The virus spreads mainly through close contact with a person who has symptoms characteristic to the infection, especially cough.

Find more information on the Health Board's dedicated website and on the Health Board's Facebook page.

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A total of 202 influenza and 1,726 COVID-19 cases reported this week 

In week fifteen, a total of 3,184 people fell ill with acute respiratory infections, of whom 38.4% were children. The overall incidence of acute respiratory viral diseases increased by 39%.


A total of 151 new influenza cases and 1,466 COVID-19 cases have been added this week

In week fourteen, a grand total of 2,297 people fell ill with acute respiratory infections. Overall, 36.4% of all of the new cases involved children. The number of new cases decreased by a third.