Estonian Health Board: Number of new COVID-19 infections growing at steady pace

  • 2020-04-03
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - The number of new coronavirus infections is growing at a steady pace, accounting for 5-6 percent of all tests conducted.

Director General of the Health Board Merike Jurilo said on Friday that a record number of 2,514 COVID-19 tests were carried out during the past 24 hours, of which 103 proved positive.

Jurilo added that while the number of new infections continues to exhibit a growing trend, the growth remains steady with positive tests accounting for 5-6 percent of the total number of tests conducted.

The director general of the Health Board estimated continued growth at a similar pace for next week, by the end of which it should be possible to assess whether or not the restrictions in place have been efficient.

The Health Board is placing special focus on health care workers as well as staff and residents at nursing homes.

Jurilo noted that over the past week, coronavirus cases have emerged among workers and residents at nearly all care homes in Estonia, which has prompted the need to test all care home workers and residents with at-risk areas being the highest priority.