Estonian govt updates COVID-19 risk matrix

  • 2022-01-20
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN – The Estonian government has updated the indicators in its COVID-19 risk matrix according to the proposals of the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Health Board.

The infection axis of the new matrix takes into account the rapid increase in infection rates associated with the spread of the coronavirus omicron strain and the fact that the hospital burden has remained significantly lower in recent weeks than with previous similar infection rates, government spokespeople said. Booster dose vaccination has contributed to this.

According to the new matrix, the very high or red level means the number of people infected in the last seven days is on average more than 2,500 per day, the high or orange level means an infection rate of 1,500-2,500, the medium or yellow level an infection rate of 500-1,500, and the low or green level an infection rate of up to 500.

As of Thursday, an average of 2,586.3 people a day have become infected in the last seven days, and the risk of coronavirus spread remains very high.