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COVID-19 blog, 10 March: 1,484 new positive test results were added within the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 7,813 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 1,484 (19.0%) of the initial tests were positive. A full 5,116 vaccine doses were also administered within the past 24 hours. In total, 109,865 individuals have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Estonia, and 45,310 individuals have received both doses.

Based on the data in the population register, the highest number of new positive test results came from Harju County, where 910 further individuals were found to have been infected. A total of 677 of the new cases from Harju County were from Tallinn.

A further 123 new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, 101 from Lääne-Viru County, eighty-two from Tartu County, fifty-nine from Saare County, forty-five from Rapla County, and nineteen each from Jõgeva County and Viljandi County. Another seventeen new cases were added from Pärnu County, sixteen from Järva County, fifteen from Hiiu County, fourteen each from Põlva County and Võru County, and thirteen each from Valga County and Lääne County. On twenty-four 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 1,392.95, and 19.3% of all initial tests have been found to be positive.

Seventy-seven new COVID-19 cases were opened within the past 24 hours, and a total of 639 patients are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 10 March, hospital treatment is being supplied to 639 patients who have COVID-19. Fifty-eight of those patients require intensive care, with forty-one patients on a ventilator.

Seventy-seven new COVID-19 cases were opened in total. Forty-nine patients were discharged from hospital, and fifteen further individuals were transferred to a non-COVID-19 unit.

Eight new coronavirus deaths were registered within the past 24 hours, involving a 95 year-old woman, a 91 year-old man, an 89 year-old man, an 86 year-old man, an 84 year-old man, an 80 year-old woman, a 73 year-old woman, and a 72 year-old man. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of 677 people in Estonia in total.

As of today, 10 March, hospitals have closed a total of 4,159 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 4,006 people.

Also as of 10 March, a total of 57,463 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 40,848 people have been closed (71.1% of the total) and, in the case of 16,615 people (28.9%), 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, over 1,002,711 tests in total have been analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The number of positive initial test results amounts to 78,973 individuals, or 7.9% of the total. Detailed statistical data from the coronavirus tests is available at: www.terviseamet.ee/en/coronavirus-dataset.

In total, 109,865 individuals have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Estonia, and 45,310 individuals have received two doses

As of this morning, a total of 109,865 individuals have been vaccinated against COVID-19, of whom 45,310 individuals have received both doses. Of that total, 5,116 vaccine doses were administered over the past 24 hours, and 155,175 vaccine doses have been administered overall. 

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 - will continue in parallel at various healthcare institutions. 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 269,258 occasions, and 5,082 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected. A total of 1,178 of those cases are active.

For HOIA to be able to notify close contacts, the individual who has been infected must already have downloaded and activated the app before falling ill. After an infected individual has highlighted themselves as having been infected, HOIA has fulfilled its purpose and will no longer be sending notifications. Having recovered, the user can download the HOIA app again or delete their data from the app’s settings, which will result in a relaunch of the app.

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 COVID-19 situation is very critical with the spread of the virus high right across Estonia. A more infectious variant of coronavirus is currently spreading rapidly. More and more people require hospital treatment, and the number of vacant hospital beds is very low. Additional beds can only be created at the expense of scheduled treatment.

In order to prevent any further spread of the virus, it is highly important that everyone stays at home where possible! Please cancel all gatherings, meetings, or parties. The government has established strict rules to reduce the number of contacts between people in order to prevent the spread of the virus. All trade other than those shops which provide essential goods will remain closed for a month. All catering establishments will also be closed. No entertainment or public events can be organised. In order to reduce the risk of infection, the ‘2+2 rule’ will be applied outdoors. No indoor sporting or hobby activities will be permitted.

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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