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The risk level of the spread of the coronavirus increased to yellow

15. July 2021 - 18:49

Stenbock House, 15 July 2021 – The risk level of the spread of the coronavirus, which had fallen to the green (low) level in Estonia before the midsummer holidays, rose again to the yellow (medium) level. The government noted the change in the risk level at today’s cabinet meeting.

The yellow risk level means that there are outbreaks in the community, but infection is not widespread. At this level of risk, it is especially important to avoid the infection of risk groups. It is also worthwhile, for everyone who has not yet done so, to protect themselves against the virus by vaccinating.

The four-level system of risk results from the plan for the management of social life in the conditions of the spread of the coronavirus. Green, yellow, orange, and red colours indicate low, medium, high, and very high level of risk, respectively. For each level of risk, possible actions have been proposed on how each person, institution, and the state can contribute to limiting the spread of the coronavirus.

The assessment of the level of risk is based on the average number of infections and deaths over the past seven days. In addition, the share of positive test results, the number of people hospitalised, the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalised and on mechanical ventilation, and the proportion of those infected with an undetected route of transmission after 14 days out of the total infected are taken into account. The level of risk is reviewed by the government once a week and it is published on the website kriis.ee.

According to the social management plan, the indicator ranges are approximate and do not automatically lead to the application of specific restrictive or supportive measures. Pursuant to the White Paper, the indicators and their ranges are reviewed regularly in the light of the epidemiological situation and the progress of vaccination.