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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.


Olga Sadikova, senior specialist of the Health Board’s Department of Infectious Diseases, said that 4,764 cases were added last week, of which 2,229 were laboratory-confirmed and 2,535 had been clinically diagnosed. ‘When compared to the previous week, incidence figures increased by 3.2% (with 1,998 laboratory confirmed and 2,619 clinically diagnosed cases). In the new week, just over 2,300 laboratory-confirmed cases can be expected,’ explained Sadikova, adding that the infection ‘R’ rate remains at 1.14. According to the hospitalisation risk matrix, the risk of coronavirus transmission is at the average level.

The average number of hospitalisations due to COVID-19 in the last seven days is on a upwards trend, rising from 8.7 to 10. As of Monday morning, a total of 146 people are in hospital, of which 77 patients required hospitalisation due to symptomatic COVID-19. During the week, eight deaths were added of individuals who were between the ages of 54 and 89. The number of hospitalisations is likely to rise again this week above a hundred and sixty.

During the week, 3,619 vaccine doses were administered, of which 385 were new vaccinations. A grand total of 471,770 people have received an additional or booster dose. Coverage of the entire Estonian population with two vaccine doses is at 63.8%.

Based on the results of the wastewater monitoring of settlements in the thirtieth week, the spread of viruses in Estonian wastewater is at approximately 80%, the yellow risk level. When compared to figures for the previous week, the number of settlements in the orange safety zone has decreased, while the number of green and yellow settlements has increased. Of all of the averaged sampling sites, the highest numbers of virus particles were detected in Kiviõli, Kunda, and Tamsalu.

From this week, two changes have been implemented in the calculation of coronavirus statistics, which will lead to an increase in the total number of infectious cases. In addition to PCR tests, the statistics will now include unconfirmed laboratory diagnoses, ie. cases which have been diagnosed on the basis of a clinical picture or a rapid self-test result as confirmed by a healthcare professional.

In addition, following the recommendation by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the period in which the occurrence of an outbreak will be calculated will be shortened from ninety to sixty days. Until now, the first positive test within the ninety-day window was taken as the basis for a new case, while other positive tests within that period were considered as a single case. Now the calculation period is sixty days so that, if a person is diagnosed with COVID-19 on day 61, this will be recorded as a new case.

Both changes will lead to an increase in the total number of infectious cases in the statistics, as the new principles will be applied retroactively. As a result of the amendment, a total of 104,379 non-laboratory-confirmed cases and 2,665 laboratory-confirmed infectious cases will be added to the statistics.

The weekly epidemiological COVID-19 overview can be found here:

https://terviseamet.ee/sites/default/files/Nakkushaigused/COVID-19/ulevaade_01.08.2022.pdf (PDF)

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