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COVID-19 blog, 20 December: 579 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 5,285 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 579 (11%) 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 346 further individuals were found to have been infected. A total of 284 of the new cases from Harju County were from Tallinn.

A further 106 new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, thirty-five from Tartu County, sixteen from Rapla County, fifteen from Pärnu County, and thirteen from Lääne-Viru County. Nine new cases each were added from Võru County and Järva County, and five from Viljandi County. Two new cases each were also added from Jõgeva County, Valga County, Saare County, and Lääne County, and one case from Põlva County. On sixteen 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 513.1, and 9.6% of all initial tests have been found to be positive.

The Health Board is monitoring over 29,000 individuals

The northern regional department is monitoring over 18,700 people, of whom 3,887 have fallen ill.

The eastern regional department is monitoring over 6,000 people, of whom 1,606 have fallen ill.

There are almost 2,800 people who are being monitored by the southern regional department, of whom 588 have fallen ill.

There are over 1,800 people who are being monitored by the western regional department, of whom 377 have fallen ill.

A total of 340 patients are being treated in hospital, while four individuals have died within the past 24 hours

As of the morning of 20 December, hospital treatment is being supplied to 340 patients who have COVID-19, with seventeen of those patients on a ventilator. Four new patients were discharged from hospital, one patient was transferred to a non-COVID-19 unit, and two further patients were transferred to another hospital. Twenty new COVID-19 cases were opened in total.

Four new coronavirus deaths were registered within the past 24 hours, involving a 90 year-old woman, an 83 year-old woman, a 73 year-old man, and a 44 year-old man. The 44 year-old man is the youngest coronavirus patient to have died so far in Estonia. Coronavirus has now claimed the lives of 174 people in Estonia in total.

As of today, 20 December, hospitals have closed a total of 1,125 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 1,101 people.

Also as of 20 December, a total of 13,049 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 9,913 people have been closed (76% of the total) and, in the case of 3,136 people (24%), 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 582,500 tests have been analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The number of positive initial test results amounts to 21,794 or 3.7% of the total. Detailed statistical data from the coronavirus tests is available at:

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 231,157 occasions, and 1,666 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected. A total of 523 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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