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COVID-19 blog, 20 October: forty-two new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen a total of 1,706 initial tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, with forty-two 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 twenty-one further individuals were found to have been infected. Six new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County and four from Tartu County. One new case each was also added from Jõgeva County, Pärnu County, and Põlva County. On eight occasions, the places of residences 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 35.29.

Nineteen new cases were added from Tallinn. Three of the new cases from Harju County were close contacts of individuals who had already fallen ill. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated. There are seven 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. A school outbreak and a fourth workplace outbreak include six cases each, while a fifth workplace outbreak was also added this morning which includes five individuals.

The inspectors of the Health Board’s northern regional department are monitoring 1,400 people, of whom 215 have fallen ill.

Two of the new cases from Ida-Viru County were infected at a care home, two further individuals caught the infection in their workplace, and one person was infected via a family contact. One new case was also brought in from Russia. There are seven active outbreaks in total within the eastern 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 twenty-two 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 747 people, of whom 144 have fallen ill.

The new case from Jõgeva County was connected to a previous case. Two of the new cases from Tartu County were infected via family contacts, while the circumstances surrounding the remaining two cases are still being investigated. The new case from Põlva County was also infected via a family-contact. The southern regional department is monitoring 528 people, of whom fifty-eight 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 new case from Pärnu County was connected to a person who had already fallen ill. The western regional department is monitoring fifty-one people, of whom fifteen have fallen ill.

Two people have died

As of the morning of 20 October, a total of twenty-seven COVID-19 patients in Estonia are being treated in hospital, with one patient on a ventilator. Five new patients were discharged from hospital. Four new COVID-19 cases were opened (including two individuals whose cases were retrospectively registered in the database). Two new deaths have been added in the past 24 hours, involving a 94 year-old man and a 95 year-old woman, both of whom died at the Ida-Viru Central Hospital. The death of a 64 year-old man at the Ida-Viru Central Hospital has also retrospectively been declared a COVID-19-related death. Coronavirus has now claimed the lives of seventy-one people in Estonia.

As of today, 20 October, hospitals have closed a total of 522 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 508 people.

Also as of 20 October, a total of 3,270 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 2,439 people have been closed (74.6% of the total) and, in the case of 831 people (25.4%), 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 245,000 initial tests have been analysed in Estonia, of which 4,127 or 1.68% of the total have been positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Detailed statistical data from the coronavirus tests is available at:

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 have begun, which will provide a good chance for taking some time off and enjoying a break. We should not forget to take precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus, though. Let’s do our best to avoid a new increase in the number of cases after the school holidays.

As of Monday it is now possible to travel to Estonia from Latvia, Lithuania, and Finland without having to self-isolate after arrival, provided that the individual has taken a coronavirus test 48 hours before arrival and the test result was negative. After that the individual may not have travelled outside of the Baltic states and Finland within the last two weeks. Five exceptions also apply which will mean there is no need to self-isolate or get tested: if an individual has travelled to Estonia to work or study, or to visit a healthcare institution, or due to unavoidable family reasons, or for transit purposes.

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 158,279 occasions, and 108 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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A total of 202 influenza and 1,726 COVID-19 cases reported this week 

In week fifteen, a total of 3,184 people fell ill with acute respiratory infections, of whom 38.4% were children. The overall incidence of acute respiratory viral diseases increased by 39%.


A total of 151 new influenza cases and 1,466 COVID-19 cases have been added this week

In week fourteen, a grand total of 2,297 people fell ill with acute respiratory infections. Overall, 36.4% of all of the new cases involved children. The number of new cases decreased by a third.