A total of 65 influenza and 1,042 COVID-19 cases reported this week
In week 18, a total of 2,024 people fell ill with acute respiratory infections, of whom 35.6% were children. Overall morbidity decreased by 13%.
The number of influenza cases decreased by 59% compared to the previous week. Children aged 15 and under accounted for nearly half of all reported cases of influenza.
In total 1,304 people have been hospitalised due to influenza since the beginning of the season. People over the age of 50 accounted for 67.9% of these cases, with children aged 4 and under accounting for 16.7%. According to conclusively validated data from the Causes of Death Registry of the Health and Welfare Information Systems Centre, a total of 62 people aged 9 to 97 have died due to influenza this season.
Based on the data recorded in the Sentinel System, the morbidity rate of influenza can be regarded as low. However, influenza is still circulating, with new cases of influenza B viruses being reported. The overall trend of hospitalisation remains stable without significant fluctuations.
A total of 1,042 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed over the week. There was a 18% decline in the total number of registered cases. Morbidity decreased in almost all age groups.
According to data received from hospitals (excluding Tartu University Hospital), 80 patients were hospitalised over the week. Out of all the hospitalisations, 53 patients, which is equivalent to 66.3%, were admitted because of symptomatic COVID-19.
Due to the many mild and asymptomatic forms of COVID-19, the virus is likely to continue to spread silently. Overall, the situation is calm and there is no risk of the health care system becoming overwhelmed.