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COVID-19 blog, 17 December: 733 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 6,116 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 733 (12%) 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 393 further individuals were found to have been infected. A total of 296 of the new cases from Harju County were from Tallinn.

A further 193 new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, twenty-eight from Pärnu County, and twenty-one from Tartu County. Nineteen new cases were added from Rapla County, twelve each from Järva County and Lääne-Viru County, and nine each from Võru County and Jõgeva County. Six new cases each were added from Lääne County and Valga County, and five from Viljandi County. Four new cases were also added from Põlva County, and two each from Saare County and Hiiu County. On twelve 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 491.88, and 9.3% of all initial tests have been found to be positive.

The Health Board is monitoring over 28,000 individuals

The northern regional department is monitoring almost 17,500 people, of whom 3,390 have fallen ill.

The eastern regional department is monitoring over 5,900 people, of whom 1,508 have fallen ill.

There are over 3,000 people who are being monitored by the southern regional department, of whom 658 have fallen ill.

There are over 1,700 people who are being monitored by the western regional department, of whom 323 have fallen ill.

A total of 321 patients are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 17 December, hospital treatment is being supplied to 321 patients who have COVID-19, with sixteen of those patients on a ventilator. Nineteen new patients were discharged from hospital, five patients were transferred to a non-COVID-19 unit, and seven further patients were transferred to another hospital. Thirty-two new COVID-19 cases were opened in total.

Four new coronavirus deaths were registered within the past 24 hours, involving a 67 year-old man, a 75 year-old man, an 80 year-old woman, and a 94 year-old woman. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of 164 people in Estonia in total.

As of today, 17 December, hospitals have closed a total of 1,069 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 1,046 people.

Also as of 17 December, a total of 12,533 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 9,603 people have been closed (76.6% of the total) and, in the case of 2,930 people (23.4%), 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, almost 565,216 tests have been analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The number of positive initial test results amounts to 20,004 or 3.5% of the total. Detailed statistical data from the coronavirus tests is available at:

TEHIK would like to specify the fact that, according to the map, the number of individuals who are being treated in hospital is 323. It is possible that two individuals have been registered twice.

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:

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 227,958 occasions, and 1,536 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected. A total of 511 of those cases are active.

The 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.

Let’s reduce the number of close contact events and break down the chain of infection

The Estonian healthcare system is at risk of being overburdened. Our aim is to stop the increasing spread of the virus and to attempt to stabilise the situation, in order to be able to work towards achieving a decline in the number of new cases.

With this in mind, Christmas and New Year’s Eve will have to be different this year. Please only celebrate Christmas with your closest family members. Before getting together with your loved ones, make sure that everyone is healthy. Keep a reasonable distance from your family members during Christmas celebrations.

The disease has an incubation period, so you should already be avoiding coming into close contact with people now in order to prevent potential infection and to allow you to be able to spend Christmas with your family. Consider carefully any trips outside your home.

Choose outdoor leisure activities instead of spending time indoors.

Consider carefully any trips outside your home. Use online channels to take care of your errands if possible.

Do your Christmas shopping at a time at which there are less people in the shops. Carry out contactless shopping online.

We also strongly urge everyone not to travel abroad during the winter holidays. Any trips to foreign countries should be postponed due to the high spread of coronavirus in other countries.

Please stay at home if you have been infected or are a close contact of an infected individual, even if you have not yet been personally instructed by the Health Board to do so.

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

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In total, 317 individuals are being treated in hospital due to symptomatic COVID-19

As of the morning of 22 October, hospital treatment is being provided to 446 individuals who have been infected with COVID-19.


In total, 317 individuals are being treated in hospital due to symptomatic COVID-19

As of the morning of 22 October, hospital treatment is being provided to 446 individuals who have been infected with COVID-19.