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COVID-19 blog, 1 December: 191 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 4,154 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 191 (4.6%) of the initial tests were positive.

Based on the data in the population register, the highest number of new positive test results came from Harju County, where ninety-five further individuals were found to have been infected. Seventy-four of the new cases from Harju County were from Tallinn.

A total of thirty-one new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, and twenty-six from Tartu County. Seven cases were added from Võru County, and four each from Rapla County, Saare County, and Lääne-Viru County. Three new cases each were added from Viljandi County and Pärnu County, and two each from Hiiu County, Lääne County, and Põlva County. A further one new case each was also added from Järva County and Jõgeva County. On six occasions, the places of residence of those individuals who tested positive were not specified in the population register.

The number of cases for every 100,000 people in the last fourteen days is 336.12, and 6.1% of all initial tests have been found to be positive.

The Health Board is monitoring almost 27,500 individuals

Four of the new cases which were added from the area of operations of the northern regional department were infected via close contact with individuals who had already fallen ill, a further three were infected within their family circle, and one in the workplace. On two occasions, the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated.

A total of 270 of the new cases which were added from within the Health Board’s northern regional department between 28-30 November were infected via family members, work-related contacts, or other close contact with individuals who had already fallen ill. On 151 occasions the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The virus was brought in from abroad on thirteen occasions, including from Russia, Tanzania, Ukraine, Spain, Finland, Sweden, and England. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated.

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring almost 15,000 people, of whom 2,184 have fallen ill. There are twenty-three different outbreaks in total within the northern regional department’s area of operations. These cover four school outbreaks, seven workplace outbreaks, and a further eight outbreaks within circles of acquaintances. In addition to those listed above, there are also two care home outbreaks, a hospital outbreak, and the Tallinn Prison outbreak.

Three of the new cases which were added from Lääne-Viru County within the past 24 hours was infected via a family member, while six further individuals caught the virus on an Estonian Defence Forces base. Based on known places of residence, one of those cases was from Lääne-Viru County, three were from Harju County, one from Rapla County, and one from Tartu County. Nine of the new cases which were added from Ida-Viru County within the past 24 hours caught the virus within their family circle, five in the workplace, two from acquaintances, two in connection with hobby activities, three at school, and one at a kindergarten. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases which were added within the past 24 hours are still being investigated.

There are twenty-three active outbreaks in total within the eastern regional department’s area of operations. The largest of those outbreaks is the Viru Prison outbreak which involves 250 individuals. There are also four school outbreaks, including three in Kohtla-Järve and one in Jõhvi. There are two kindergarten outbreaks, involving one in Narva and another in Kohtla-Järve. The total number of workplace outbreaks amounts to ten, including two in Sillamäe, five in Narva, one in Jõhvi, and one that is being referred to as the Lääne-Viru County outbreak. The Narva ice-hockey outbreak involves seventy-six individuals. There are two outbreaks at healthcare institutions, including one in Kohtla-Järve and one in Narva. Sillamäe is also witness to a hobby group outbreak, and there are two further outbreaks: within a circle of acquaintances in Toila Parish and within a family in Lüganuse Parish.

The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring over 5,600 people, of whom 1,105 have fallen ill.

Five of the new cases which were added from the area of operations of the Health Board’s southern regional department within the past 24 hours were close contacts of individuals who had already fallen ill. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated.

Twenty-one of the new cases which were added from Tartu County on 30 November were infected within the family circle, six cases are connected to a care home, four further individuals caught the virus at an educational institution, three in the workplace, one in connection with hobby activities, and two within their circle of acquaintances. Two new cases were also brought in from abroad. In the case of three new cases from Tartu County, the origins of the infection have remained unknown. Two of the new cases from Võru County were infected in the workplace, one further case is connected to an educational institution, and one with a family circle, while one case originated abroad and, on one occasion, the origins of the infection have remained unknown. Six of the new cases from Põlva County caught the virus at a care home, one further individual was infected in the workplace, and one within a family circle. Three of the new cases from Viljandi County caught the virus in the workplace, while on two occasions origins of the infection have remained unknown.

There are almost 5,800 people who are being monitored by the Health Board’s southern regional department, of whom 642 have fallen ill (the number of patients also includes those who are being monitored by the Health Board’s northern regional department). As part of those efforts, the southern regional department is also monitoring nineteen active outbreaks. The largest of those outbreaks occurred at a care home and involves fifty-nine individuals. There are five workplace outbreaks, three care home outbreaks, two hobby group outbreaks, and seven outbreaks at educational institutions. One further outbreak is connected to an entertainment establishment. There is also one outbreak within a family circle.

One of the new cases from Saare County was brought in from Finland, and two further individuals were infected on an Estonian Defence Forces base. The new case from Hiiu County also caught the virus on an Estonian Defence Forces base. In the case of one of the new cases from Pärnu County, the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The circumstances surrounding the remaining new cases from the area of operations of the Health Board’s western regional department are still being investigated.

The western regional department is monitoring almost 1,200 people, of whom 184 have fallen ill. The same department is also monitoring four outbreaks including a school outbreak, a care home outbreak, and two workplace outbreaks.

A total of 206 patients are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 1 December, hospital treatment is being supplied to 206 patients who have COVID-19, with twelve of them on a ventilator. Fourteen new patients were discharged from hospital, three further patients were transferred to another hospital, and three patients were also transferred to a non-COVID-19 unit. Twenty-seven new COVID-19 cases were opened in total.

Three new coronavirus deaths were registered within the past 24 hours: those of an 86 year-old woman, an 88 year-old woman, and a 90 year-old woman. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of 121 people in Estonia in total.

As of today, 1 December, hospitals have closed a total of 784 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 766 people. Also as of 1 December, a total of 7,151 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 5,444 people have been closed (76.1% of the total) and, in the case of 1,707 people (23.9%), more than twenty-eight days have passed since they tested positive and the individuals concerned are not being treated in hospital, meaning that they are awaiting confirmation of their recovery.

Since developing the capability of testing for coronavirus in spring 2020, more than 483,000 tests have been analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The number of positive initial test results amounts to 12,497 or 2.6% of the total. Detailed statistical data from the coronavirus tests is available at: www.terviseamet.ee/en/coronavirus-dataset.

Download the HOIA app

Download the HOIA mobile app from Google Play or App Store which will inform you if you have come into close contact with an individual who has coronavirus. The app also allows you to anonymously notify other users if you have fallen ill yourself. Codes are being exchanged anonymously between the phones of people who use the app, while the government, the app’s developer, and the manufacturer of your phone will not be notified of those with whom you have come into close contact. Further information is available here: www.hoia.me/en.

COVID-19 is a droplet infection which is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus spreading from one person to another as a result of sneezing and coughing or via contaminated surfaces and unwashed hands.

The HOIA app has been downloaded on 218,833 occasions, and 961 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected. A total of 476 of those cases are active.

The koroonatestimine.ee/en website provides information about testing based on a referral, testing when crossing the border, and also paid testing. Important information for physicians and employers can also be found on the website. Furthermore, anyone who has a doctor’s referral can use the website to book a test. Certificate details, customer service contact numbers, and the addresses of test sites can also be found on the website along with other useful information.

Let’s make an effort in the name of our loved ones

Let’s make an effort in order to be able to spend Christmas with our loved ones. Christmas should never be lonely. It should be a festive period which we can spend with those who are dearest to us. In order to be able to do this, let’s avoid attending large-scale events and observe all restrictions which have been established in Estonia.

The spread of coronavirus in Estonia is extensive and rapid, which means that you can get infected anywhere in which you may come in contact with others. Many people only experience mild symptoms but even so, please observe social distancing rules, wear a mask, wash your hands, ventilate your home, and download the HOIA app. New, stricter social distancing rules which must be followed in various forms of public space have also entered into force this week.

If possible, choose electronic channels and online services for running your errands. Run as many of your errands as possible via electronic channels (use online banking, for example), which will allow you to avoid unnecessary contact with others and reduce the risk of your being infected. If you experience any symptoms, please stay at home.

Get your information from reliable sources

There is misleading information being spread online about coronavirus, along with various conspiracy theories, which can make people put their own health and the health of others at risk unnecessarily, and thereby postpone the day upon which we will be able to return to our normal lives. We would like to request that people follow the government’s official information channels and only spread information which has been confirmed by those channels. Further information is available on the following websites: www.kriis.ee/en and www.terviseamet.ee/en. Information can also be obtained by calling 1247.

Further information about COVID-19 can be found on the Health Board website and on its Facebook page.

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The last 24 hours have seen 2,842 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of eighty-four (3.0%) of the initial tests were positive. A full 7,753 vaccine doses were also administered within the past 24 hours. In total, 612,683 individuals have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Estonia, and 538,011 individuals have now received both doses. A total of 55.4% of the entire adult population has received at least one vaccine dose.

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COVID-19 blog, 23 July: eighty-four new positive test results have been added within the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 2,842 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of eighty-four (3.0%) of the initial tests were positive. A full 7,753 vaccine doses were also administered within the past 24 hours. In total, 612,683 individuals have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Estonia, and 538,011 individuals have now received both doses. A total of 55.4% of the entire adult population has received at least one vaccine dose.