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COVID-19 blog, 2 November: sixty-one new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

COVID-19 blogi, 2. november: ööpäevaga lisandus 61 positiivset testi

The last 24 hours have seen a total of 1,056 initial tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, of which sixty-one (5.8%) were positive.

Based on the data in the population register, the highest number of new positive test results came from Harju County, where forty-two further individuals were found to have been infected. Six new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, four from Rapla County, two from Saare County, and one from Tartu County. On six occasions, the places of residence of those individuals who tested positive were 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 72.31, and 4.5% of all test have been found to be positive.

Twenty-seven of the forty-two new cases from Harju County were from Tallinn. Three of those new cases were close contacts of individuals who had already fallen ill, with two being infected within their family circle and one via a work-related contact. On two further occasions, the virus was brought in from Finland and Russia. The origin of the infection has remained unknown on three occasions. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated.

Twenty-two of the new cases from Harju County which were added on 1 November were close contacts of individuals who had already fallen ill. Eleven of those cases were infected within the family circle, four in the workplace, and a further seven came in contact with infected individuals under other circumstances. Four cases were brought in from Spain, England, Belgium, and Greece. On seventeen occasions, the origins of the infection have remained unknown.

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring over 3,700 people, of whom 624 have fallen ill. There are sixteen 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 also involves eight cases. An outbreak within a family circle includes five individuals, while the first school outbreak involves six cases, and the second school outbreak five cases. A fourth workplace outbreak involves ten cases, while a fifth workplace outbreak includes six individuals, and a party outbreak includes seventeen individuals. A sixth workplace outbreak involves eight individuals, and a care home outbreak involves thirty-three further individuals. A seventh workplace outbreak includes six individuals. An eighth workplace outbreak and a sports-related outbreak include five individuals each. A kindergarten outbreak includes another five individuals, an outbreak which is connected to an event includes six cases, and an outbreak which is connected to another contact includes seven individuals.

Three of the new cases from Ida-Viru County caught the virus in the workplace, one case was infected at school, and one further individual was infected via an acquaintance. On one occasion, the infection was brought in from England.

There are seven active outbreaks in total within the eastern regional department’s area of operations. The first school outbreak in Sillamäe involves thirty-six individuals, the Jõhvi care home outbreak twenty-one individuals, a Narva-Jõesuu workplace outbreak ten individuals, a second Sillamäe school outbreak nine individuals, a Narva workplace outbreak seven individuals, and a Narva kindergarten outbreak a further seven individuals. Ninety-three individuals have tested positive in connection with the prison outbreak. Two of those cases are prison employees, and these figures include five new positive test results which were reported this morning, but which will be added to the official count tomorrow.

The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring over 1,000 people, of whom 221 have fallen ill.

The circumstances surrounding the new case from Tartu County are still being investigated. The southern regional department is monitoring 348 people, of whom fifty-two have fallen ill. As part of those efforts the southern regional department is also monitoring one outbreak which occurred in a workplace in Jõgeva County which involves twenty individuals.

The circumstances surrounding one of the new cases from Saare County are still being investigated. Based on data in the population register, the other new case which was added from Saare County was handed over to the northern regional department as it involves an individual who actually lives in Harju County. The western regional department is monitoring 245 people, of whom fifty-five have fallen ill.


Forty-seven patients are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 2 November, a total of forty-seven COVID-19 patients are being treated in hospital, with two patients on a ventilator. No new patients were discharged from hospital. Four new COVID-19 cases were opened.

As of today, 2 November, hospitals have closed a total of 550 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 536 people.

Also as of 2 November, a total of 3,832 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 2,793 people have been closed (72.9% of the total) and, in the case of 1,039 people (27.1%), 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.

Almost 265,000 initial tests have been analysed in Estonia, of which 5,046 or 1.9% of the total have been positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Detailed statistical data from the coronavirus tests is available at:


Everyone is personally responsible for preventing the spread of the virus

The spread of the virus can be stopped, and our society can remain open if we all behave responsibly. Coronavirus is transferred from one individual to another, and every single one of us has a very important role in preventing this from happening and stopping the virus.

Get tested as soon as possible. We have recently detected an increase in the percentage of asymptomatic carriers of the virus. The share of positive test results out of all those tests that have been analysed over a 24-hour-period has also increased, which indicates a potential concealed spread of the virus. The Health Board encourages anyone with even slight symptoms to get tested.

The government has reduced the duration of the compulsory restriction on freedom of movement after crossing the border, as well as the duration of the compulsory quarantine of close contacts of individuals who have been infected with coronavirus, lowering it from fourteen days to ten days. In order to have the duration of their quarantine period reduced, a close contact must be tested at least ten days after the latest contact, and their test results must be negative. Based on scientific research, approximately 95% of all cases develop symptoms within ten days after coming into contact with an individual who is positive. Several European countries, including Finland and Latvia, have already reduced the duration of their compulsory isolation period.

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.

According to information from the Health and Welfare Information Systems Centre, as of today the HOIA app has been downloaded on 169,401 occasions, and 176 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected.

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 along with other useful information.

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

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