COVID-19 blog, 1 March: 1,028 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours
The last 24 hours have seen 4,900 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 1,028 (21.0%) 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 678 further individuals were found to have been infected. A total of 491 of the new cases from Harju County were from Tallinn.
A further ninety-six new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, eighty-eight from Lääne-Viru County, fifty from Tartu County, twenty-seven from Pärnu County, and thirteen from Rapla County. Another twelve new cases were added from Lääne County, eleven from Võru County, eight from Saare County, seven from Valga County, six from Põlva County, five each from Jõgeva County, Järva County, and Viljandi County, and two from Hiiu County. On fifteen 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 1,035.00, and 15.7% of all initial tests have been found to be positive.
Sixty-seven new COVID-19 cases were opened within the past 24 hours, and a total of 563 patients are being treated in hospital
As of the morning of 1 March, hospital treatment is being supplied to 563 patients who have COVID-19. Forty-four of those patients require intensive care, with twenty-four patients on a ventilator.
Sixty-seven new COVID-19 cases were opened in total. Eight patients were discharged from hospital, and seven further individuals were transferred to a non-COVID-19 unit.
Nine new coronavirus deaths were registered within the past 24 hours, involving a 94 year-old woman, a 92 year-old man, a 91 year-old man, an 87 year-old woman, an 85 year-old woman, a 79 year-old woman, a 76 year-old man, a 75 year-old woman, and a 64 year-old man. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of 598 people in Estonia in total.
As of today, 1 March, hospitals have closed a total of 3,528 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 3,463 people.
Also as of 1 March, a total of 50,047 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 35,970 people have been closed (69.9% of the total) and, in the case of 15,077 people (30.1%), 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, a total of 939,581 tests have been analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The number of positive initial test results amounts to 66,628 individuals, or 7.1% of the total. Detailed statistical data from the coronavirus tests is available at: www.terviseamet.ee/en/coronavirus-dataset.
In total, 78,759 individuals have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Estonia, and 34,050 individuals have received two doses
As of this morning, a total of 78,759 individuals have been vaccinated against COVID-19, of whom 34,050 individuals have received both doses. In total, 112,809 doses have been administered. One fifth of all individuals over the age of eighty in Estonia have received at least one dose. In the next few weeks, the vaccination of members of risk groups by family physicians and the vaccination of frontline workers - including employees of educational institutions, police officers and rescuers, and social welfare workers in local municipalities - at various healthcare institutions will continue in parallel. Statistical data about vaccinations is available from the Health Board’s coronavirus database. Patients can view their vaccination information in the ‘Patient Portal’ at digilugu.ee.
The aim of vaccinating against COVID-19 is to protect risk groups who are likelier to be infected or who are at a higher risk of developing severe symptoms in the event of being infected, as well as to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to reduce the number of deaths that are caused by the disease, while also alleviating the load on the healthcare system and the economy, and to enable society to function normally.
The first recipients of vaccinations are healthcare professionals and the employees of healthcare institutions, employees and residents of care homes, and individuals who are over seventy years old and who suffer from certain health conditions which may increase the severity of COVID-19 symptoms that could be experienced in the event of their falling ill. As soon as Estonia receives a sufficient number of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, vaccination will also become available to other target groups, as well as to the general population.
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 about those with whom you have come into close contact. Further information is available here: www.hoia.me/en.
Based on information which is available to the Health and Welfare Information Systems Centre (TEHIK), the HOIA app has been downloaded on 267,642 occasions, and 4,325 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected. A total of 922 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.
The intensity of the spread of the virus in Estonia is very high
The spread of COVID-19 is extremely high across all parts of Estonia. In order to ensure that our medical system can cope and also to prevent endangering the lives and health of others, it is important to follow all restrictions which have been established with the purpose of protecting our health. Let’s avoid all contact, observe social distancing rules, and wear masks! Let’s keep our contact with other people at the minimum possible level and stay at home as much as we can in order to reduce the risk of catching the virus and spreading it within our family circle.
Please only use reliable sources to find information about coronavirus, COVID-19, and vaccines. Vaccination-related information is available at: www.vaktsineeri.ee/en. Further information about COVID-19 can be found on the Health Board website and on its Facebook page.
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