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COVID-19 blog, 20 May: 328 new positive test results have been added within the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 6,389 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 328 (5.1%) of the initial tests were positive. A full 8,995 vaccine doses were also administered within the past 24 hours. In total, 418,305 individuals have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Estonia, and 187,980 individuals have received both doses. A total of 65% of all individuals over the age of seventy have received at least one vaccine dose. In all counties other than Ida-Viru County, over 60% of all individuals over the age of seventy have been vaccinated.

Based on the data in the population register, the highest number of new positive test results came from Harju County, where 110 further individuals were found to have been infected. A total of eighty-eight of the new cases in Harju County were from Tallinn.

A further eighty-four new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, thirty-two from Pärnu County, twenty-eight from Tartu County, nineteen from Lääne-Viru County, and eleven from Viljandi County. Another six new cases were added from Võru County, five from Jõgeva County, four each from Järva County and Valga County, three from Põlva County, two from Lääne County, and one each from Rapla County and Saare County. No new cases were added from Hiiu County. On eighteen 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 288.60, and 6.0% of all initial tests have been found to be positive.

A total of twelve new COVID-19 cases have been opened within the past 24 hours, and 197 patients are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 20 May, hospital treatment is being supplied to 197 patients who have COVID-19. Thirty-one of those patients require intensive care, with nineteen patients on a ventilator.

A total of twelve new COVID-19 cases were opened. Ten patients were discharged from hospital, and a further six patients were transferred to a non-COVID-19 unit.

In total, 6.8% of all individuals who have tested positive have required hospital treatment. The average age of those patients who are being treated in hospital is 67. In total, 138 of those patients who require hospital treatment are over the age of sixty (70.0% of the overall figure).

Three new coronavirus deaths were registered within the past 24 hours, involving a 70 year-old woman, a 76 year-old woman, and an 85 year-old woman. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of 1,235 people in Estonia in total.

As of today, 20 May, hospitals have closed a total of 7,676 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 7,332 people.

Also as of 20 May, a total of 119,799 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 78,146 people have been closed (65.2% of the total) and, in the case of 41,653 people (34.8%), 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 1,379,721 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 128,084 individuals. Detailed statistical data from the coronavirus tests is available at: www.terviseamet.ee/en/coronavirus-dataset.

In total, 418,305 individuals have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Estonia, and 187,980 individuals have received two doses

As of this morning, a total of 418,305 individuals have been vaccinated against COVID-19, of whom 230,325 individuals have received one dose, and 187,980 individuals have received both doses. Of that total, 8,995 vaccine doses were administered over the past 24 hours, and 603,164 vaccine doses have been administered overall.

This week, bookings for COVID-19 vaccination time slots were opened up for anyone who is at least sixteen years of age. At this point, there are almost no vacant time slots left, but a new, larger batch of time slots will be made available all across Estonia on Saturday 22 May. Time slots for vaccination against COVID-19 can be booked via the eBooking system or by calling the central phone number (1247).

Organisers of the vaccination process would like to ask everyone to remain patient. At first, the number of people who are interested in receiving their vaccination shots will certainly exceed the number of time slots that are available, but vaccine deliveries are expected to increase over the next few weeks, so that just about everyone will be able to get their first shot in May or June.

If you experience any technical issues or have any questions about booking a vaccination time via the digital reception service, please contact TEHIK on 7 943 943 or by sending an email to abi@tehik.ee (every day between 07:00-22:00).

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.

Based on information which is available to the Health and Welfare Information Systems Centre (TEHIK), the HOIA app has been downloaded on 276,485 occasions. Overall, 6,796 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected. A total of 79 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 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 situation is improving, but the danger has not yet passed

Due to the continuing very high risk level, we must still observe all social distancing rules as the weather improves. This means avoiding gatherings and parties, and continuing to wear face masks indoors in public places. Please get yourself tested even if you are experiencing only very mild symptoms, and please stay at home if you have fallen ill or are a close contact of an individual who has tested positive.

Further information about the restrictions which have now been eased can be found here.

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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