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

The last 24 hours have seen 2,612 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of seventy-seven (2.9%) of the initial tests were positive. A full 3,729 vaccine doses were also administered within the past 24 hours. In total, 437,731 individuals have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Estonia, and 226,105 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 thirty-six further individuals were found to have been infected. A total of thirty of the new cases in Harju County were from Tallinn.

A further ten new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, nine from Pärnu County, six from Tartu County, five each from Võru County and Viljandi County, two from Valga County, and one from Lääne-Viru County. No new cases were added from Hiiu County, Jõgeva County, Järva County, Lääne County, Põlva County, Rapla County, or Saare County. On three 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 250.80, and 5.3% of all initial tests have been found to be positive.

A total of eight new COVID-19 cases have been opened within the past 24 hours, and 187 patients are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 24 May, hospital treatment is being supplied to 187 patients who have COVID-19. Thirty of those patients require intensive care, with seventeen patients on a ventilator.

A total of seventeen new COVID-19 cases were opened. Two patients were discharged from hospital, and a further one patient was 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, 133 of those patients who require hospital treatment are over the age of sixty (71.0% of the overall figure).

One new coronavirus death was registered within the past 24 hours, involving an 82 year-old woman. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of 1,241 people in Estonia in total.

As of today, 24 May, hospitals have closed a total of 7,743 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 7,398 people.

Also as of 24 May, a total of 121,114 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 79,508 people have been closed (65.5% of the total) and, in the case of 41,606 people (34.4%), 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 1,395,229 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 128,669 individuals. Detailed statistical data from the coronavirus tests is available at: www.terviseamet.ee/en/coronavirus-dataset.

In total, 437,731 individuals have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Estonia, and 226,105 individuals have received two doses

As of this morning, a total of 437,731 individuals have been vaccinated against COVID-19, of whom 211,626 individuals have received one dose, and 226,105 individuals have received both doses. Of that total, 3,729 vaccine doses were administered over the past 24 hours, and 640,813 vaccine doses have been administered overall.

Vaccination against COVID-19 is now available for anyone who is at least sixteen years of age. Time slots for vaccination against COVID-19 can be booked via the eBooking system or by calling the central phone number (1247) between 08:00 and 20:00. New time slots are being added into the system based on the arrival of new vaccine deliveries.

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 276,769 occasions. Overall, 6,811 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected. A total of 70 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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