TALLINN - No new coronavirus-related deaths were registered in Estonia during the past 24 hours, 1,609 COVID-19 tests were carried out, of which 23 were positive.
In the past 24 hours, 1,609 samples were tested for coronavirus in Estonia, of which 1 percent, or 23, were positive, the Health Board said.
Of the people whose positive test return was registered during the period, 10 are residents of Saaremaa island, five of Harju County, three each of East-Viru and Parnu counties and one each of Polva and Viljandi counties.
As of the morning of April 9, altogether 134 patients with coronavirus were undergoing treatment in hospital in Estonia. Nine of the patients being treated in intensive care require mechanical ventilation. Altogether 83 patients have been discharged from hospital.
There were no new deaths registered in the past 24 hours, but altogether 24 people have died in Estonia due to COVID-19.
In total 26,416 tests for the virus have been conducted in Estonia to date, of which 1,207, or 5 percent, have proved positive. People aged 55-59 make up 11 percent of those infected, with the next biggest age groups being people aged 45-49 and 50-54 with 10 percent each.
Starting from Wednesday, family doctors can refer to testing anyone with symptoms indicative of coronavirus regarding whom a reasoned suspicion of presence of the virus exists, regardless of their age and accompanying illnesses. For residents there will be no changes to the arrangement of testing, with referral from the patient's family doctor continuously required and each individual case assessed separately by a doctor.
The purpose of the update of testing strategy is to obtain a more precise epidemiological overview of the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in Estonia to more precisely assess the interventions to date and plan further measures. If the situation changes, the principles of testing will be again subjected to a review.