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COVID-19 blog, 23 October: fifty-three new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen a total of 1,580 initial tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, with fifty-three 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 thirty-two further individuals were found to have been infected. Twelve new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County and one from Saare 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 37.02.

Twenty-nine new cases were added from Tallinn. Four of the cases from Harju County were close contacts of individuals who had already fallen ill. One case was brought in from Russia. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated. There are nine 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. The first school outbreak involves six cases. A fourth workplace outbreak include nine cases each, while a fifth workplace outbreak includes six individuals. A second school outbreak includes five cases. A party outbreak was also added this morning which includes ten individuals.

The inspectors of the Health Board’s northern regional department are monitoring over 1,600 people, of whom 274 have fallen ill.

Four of the twelve new cases from Ida-Viru County were infected within their family circle, two individuals caught the infection at school, and two individuals were infected at a kindergarten. One further case was infected in the workplace, while one individual caught the virus at a care home, and one case was brought in from a European Union member state. The circumstances surrounding the remaining one case are still being investigated. 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-one 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 over 670 people, of whom 116 have fallen ill.

The southern regional department is monitoring 372 people, of whom fifty-seven 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.

One new case was also added from Saare County, based on the data in the population register. The origins of the infection are still being investigated. The western regional department is monitoring over one hundred people, of whom eighteen have fallen ill.

Thirty patients are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 23 October, a total of thirty-two COVID-19 patients in Estonia are being treated in hospital, with one patient on a ventilator. Three new patients were discharged from hospital, and one patient was transferred to a non-COVID-19 department. Two new COVID-19 cases were opened (including one case which was registered retrospectively). A 59-year-old man and an 82-year-old woman were added to the total tally of deaths. These individuals died at home on 17 and 18 October respectively, and were found post-mortem to have been infected with SARS-CoV-2. Coronavirus has now claimed the lives of seventy-three people in Estonia.

As of today, 20 October, hospitals have closed a total of 529 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 515 people.

Also as of 23 October, a total of 3,418 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 2541 people have been closed (74.3% of the total) and, in the case of 877 people (25.7%), 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 249,000 initial tests have been analysed in Estonia, of which 4,300 or 1.7% 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/en/coronavirus-dataset.

Let’s remain vigilant

The spread of coronavirus has remained stable, but let’s remain vigilant, as the threat has not yet passed. The Health Board, the people of Estonia, and the healthcare sector have all done a good job in fighting the virus, but its spread is gathering pace elsewhere in the world. As that spread of the virus is also gathering pace in Europe, we must remain vigilant.

Unfortunately, every day we are witnessing increasing numbers of cases in many European countries, with record-breaking daily case totals. The advice only to travel if it is unavoidable still stands. Anyone who arrives from abroad must carefully monitor their health. It is the personal responsibility of everyone in Estonia to stay at home and avoid spreading the infection if they are ill.

The perception of being at risk due to the spread of coronavirus increased slightly among the residents of Estonia in the beginning of October. A total of 58% of the population believe that the situation is critical, while 73% of people are concerned about infecting others with coronavirus without being aware of having been infected themselves, and 83% of the residents of Estonia are prepared to wear a mask in various places and situations. These details were revealed by a survey which was commissioned by the Ministry of Social Affairs and was conducted by Turu-uuringute AS.

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 159,040 occasions, and 127 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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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.