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COVID-19 blog, 19 October: seven new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen a total of 680 initial tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, with seven new positive test results being added.

Based on the data in the population register, the highest number of new positive test results came from Harju County, where three further individuals were found to have been infected. Two new positive coronavirus test results were added from Pärnu County and one from Jõgeva County. On one occasion, the place of residence of the individual who tested positive was not specified in the population register. As a rule, such individuals tend to be foreign nationals.

The number of cases for every 100,000 people in the last fourteen days is 35.29.

Two new cases were added from Tallinn. One of the new cases from Harju County was infected via a family contact. On one further occasion, the infection was brought in from Scotland. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated. There are six different outbreaks in total within the northern regional department’s area of operations. Forty-two cases are connected to the first outbreak in a workplace, while the second workplace outbreak involves eight cases, and the third workplace outbreak involves seven cases. An outbreak within a family circle includes five individuals. A new school outbreak which was added this weekend includes six individuals and one further workplace outbreak also includes six cases.

The inspectors of the Health Board’s northern regional department are monitoring 1,458 people, of whom 235 have fallen ill.

The new case from Jõgeva County was infected via a work-related contact. The southern regional department is monitoring 607 people, of whom sixty have fallen ill. As part of those efforts, the southern regional department is also monitoring two outbreaks. An outbreak in a workplace in Võru involves twenty-four individuals and another workplace outbreak in Jõgeva County involves twenty individuals.

The two new cases from Pärnu County were close contacts of an individual who had already fallen ill. The western regional department is monitoring forty-six people, of whom sixteen have fallen ill.

There are seven active outbreaks in total within the regional department’s area of operations. Eleven cases are connected to an outbreak at a school in Kohtla-Järve, and an outbreak within a circle of family members and acquaintances in Ida-Viru County involves eight cases. There are nine cases that are connected to an outbreak at a school in Jõhvi, and nineteen cases to the care home outbreak in Jõhvi. The outbreak at a school in Sillamäe involves a further thirty-six individuals, and an outbreak at an entertainment establishment involves ten cases in total in Kohtla-Järve and Sillamäe. The workplace outbreak from Narva involves seven cases.

The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring 830 people, of whom 153 have fallen ill.

Thirty-three people are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 19 October, a total of thirty-three COVID-19 patients in Estonia are being treated in hospital, with one patient on a ventilator. No new patients were discharged from hospital. One new COVID-19 case was opened. No new deaths have been added in the past 24 hours. Coronavirus has now claimed the lives of sixty-eight people in Estonia.

As of today, 19 October, hospitals have closed a total of 514 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 500 people.

Also as of 19 October, a total of 3,229 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 2,404 people have been closed (75.5% of the total) and, in the case of 825 people (24.5%), more than 28 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.

Over 243,000 initial tests have been analysed in Estonia, of which 4,085 or 1.67% of the total have been positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Detailed statistical data from the coronavirus tests is available at: www.terviseamet.ee/koroonakaart.

The people of Estonia have done well - the restrictions have so far proven successful

We have done well, but let’s not become careless. The restrictions that have been established so far have been successful, and the spread of the virus has remained stable. The next few weeks will show whether the number of new cases remains the same, or whether it will start to increase again, or even deliver an encouraging drop. By making an effort together, we can stop the spread of the virus and continue living our normal lives.

The school holidays may become a critical breaking point in the spread of the virus. By taking care of one another, we can protect others from being infected. Spend the school holidays in Estonia. Information about various options for spending leisure time can be found in locations such as your nearest youth centre. Local youth centres usually organise a good many exciting activities during school holidays and also implement the measures required to ensure the safety of the participants. Many events and activities are being organised outdoors.

As of Monday, anyone who arrives in Estonia from the Baltic States or Finland will not be required to self-isolate if they test negative. Estonia wishes to restore the common movement zone between the Baltic States and Finland, as the COVID-19-related epidemiological situation is similar in the countries of the region and the common movement zone will make it possible to keep life in the region as normal as possible. The advice to travel only if it is unavoidable still applies and is especially relevant now, keeping in mind the forthcoming school holidays.

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.

According to information from the Health and Welfare Information Systems Centre, as of today the HOIA app has been downloaded on 158,164 occasions, and 107 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected.

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

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COVID-19 blog, 28 July: 173 new positive test results have been added within the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 3,172 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 173 (5.5%) of the initial tests were positive. A full 6,142 vaccine doses were also administered within the past 24 hours. In total, 627,375 individuals have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Estonia, and 552,952 individuals have now received both doses. A total of 56.5% of the entire adult population has received at least one vaccine dose.

28.07.2021

COVID-19 blog, 28 July: 173 new positive test results have been added within the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 3,172 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 173 (5.5%) of the initial tests were positive. A full 6,142 vaccine doses were also administered within the past 24 hours. In total, 627,375 individuals have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Estonia, and 552,952 individuals have now received both doses. A total of 56.5% of the entire adult population has received at least one vaccine dose.