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COVID-19 blog, 14 March: 935 new positive test results were added within the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 5,055 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 935 (18.5%) of the initial tests were positive. A full 5,513 vaccine doses were also administered within the past 24 hours. In total, 133,263 individuals have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Estonia, and 52,649 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 573 further individuals were found to have been infected. A total of 413 of the new cases from Harju County were from Tallinn.

A further 106 new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, eighty-eight from Lääne-Viru County, and thirty-one from Tartu County. Another twenty-two new cases each were added from Rapla County and Saare County, twenty from Võru County, eleven from Viljandi County, ten from Valga County, seven each from Pärnu County, Põlva County, and Hiiu County, six from Jõgeva County, and five each from Järva County and Lääne 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 1,446.23, and 19.4% of all initial tests have been found to be positive.

A total of seventy-five new COVID-19 cases were opened within the past 24 hours, and 693 patients are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 14 March, hospital treatment is being supplied to 693 patients who have COVID-19. Sixty-seven of those patients require intensive care, with forty-six patients on a ventilator.

A total of seventy-five new COVID-19 cases were opened. Twenty-five patients were discharged from hospital, and a further six patients were transferred to another hospital. Eleven patients were transferred to a non-COVID-19 unit, with ten of those patients being transferred within the same hospital, and one further patient to the non-COVID-19 unit of another hospital.

Nine new coronavirus deaths were registered within the past 24 hours, involving a 93 year-old woman, an 83 year-old man, an 82 year-old woman, two 81 year-old women, two 74 year-old men, a 51 year-old man, and a 50 year-old man. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of 719 people in Estonia in total.

As of today, 14 March, hospitals have closed a total of 4,380 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 4,219 people.

Also as of 14 March, a total of 59,744 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 42,069 people have been closed (70.4% of the total) and, in the case of 17,675 people (29.6%), 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 1,032,927 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 84,807 individuals, or 8.2% of the total. Detailed statistical data from the coronavirus tests is available at: www.terviseamet.ee/en/coronavirus-dataset.

In total, 133,263 individuals have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Estonia, and 52,649 individuals have received two doses

As of this morning, a total of 133,263 individuals have been vaccinated against COVID-19, of whom 80,614 individuals have received one dose, and 52,649 have received both doses. Of that total, 5,513 vaccine doses were administered over the past 24 hours, and 185,912 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 269,903 occasions, and 5,389 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected. A total of 1,149 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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