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COVID-19 blog, 24 November: 204 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 4,090 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 204 (5%) 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 126 further individuals were found to have been infected. Thirty-one new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, and fifteen from Tartu County. Five cases each were added from Pärnu County and Viljandi County, and four from Lääne County. A further two cases each were added from Jõgeva County, Rapla County, Valga County, and Põlva County, and one case each from Järva County, Võru County, Saare County, and Hiiu County. On six 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 284.13, and 5.2% of all initial tests have been found to be positive.

The circumstances of all of the cases which were added from Harju County, Järva County, and Rapla County within the past 24 hours are still being investigated.

A total of 103 of the new cases which were added from within the Health Board’s northern regional department between 21-23 November were infected via their family members, and a further fifty-seven via their acquaintances. Twenty-one individuals caught the virus in the workplace. The virus was brought in from abroad on eight occasions, including one case each from the Russian Federation, Germany, Romania, and Sweden, and a further two cases each from Finland and Poland. On ninety-four occasions the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The circumstances surrounding 206 further cases are still being investigated.

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring over 14,500 people, of whom 2,021 have fallen ill. There are twenty-eight different outbreaks in total within the northern regional department’s area of operations. These cover four school outbreaks, one kindergarten outbreak, eight workplace outbreaks, two event outbreaks, and a further nine outbreaks within circles of acquaintances. In addition to those listed above, there are also two care home outbreaks, a hospital outbreak, and the Tallinn Prison outbreak.

Eight of the new cases from Ida-Viru County were infected at a healthcare institution, and seven via their family members. Six further individuals caught the infection in the workplace, two were infected via their acquaintances, and one at a care home. One individual was infected in connection with communicating with an acquaintance who had arrived from Russia. One further case was also brought in from Poland.

The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated.

There are eighteen active outbreaks in total within the eastern regional department’s area of operations. These cover four school outbreaks, including two in Sillamäe, one in Kohtla-Järve, and one in Jõhvi. There are two kindergarten outbreaks, involving one in Narva and another in Kohtla-Järve. The total number of workplace outbreaks amounts to five, including one each in Narva, Narva-Jõesuu, Sillamäe, Jõhvi, and Tapa. There is also a Kohtla-Järve healthcare institution outbreak which involves sixty-five cases, as well as a Narva healthcare institution outbreak which involves ten individuals. The Viru Prison outbreak includes a further 250 individuals, and a Narva ice-hockey outbreak includes seventy-five individuals. The outbreak at an institution in Narva includes five cases, and the outbreak at another institution seven cases. There is also a Sillamäe hobby group outbreak which includes five individuals.

The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring almost 5,600 people, of whom 875 have fallen ill.

Four of the new cases from Tartu County were infected via their family members, two in the workplace, and one at an educational institution. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases from Tartu County are still being investigated. One of the new cases from Jõgeva County caught the virus in the workplace, while on one other occasion the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The circumstances surrounding the new cases from Valga County are still being investigated. Three of the new cases from Viljandi County were infected via their family members, while the circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated. In addition to those listed above, two further cases from Tartu County, one from Võru County, and one from Põlva County are connected to a care home outbreak.

Six of the cases which were added from Tartu County on 23 November were infected at an educational institution, six within their family circle, and on five further occasions the origins of the infection have remained unknown. A further four individuals caught the infection via their acquaintances, and two in the workplace. One of the cases from Jõgeva County was infected at an educational institution, and one of the cases from Põlva County in the workplace.

There are more than 4,200 people who are being monitored by the Health Board’s southern regional department, of whom 432 have fallen ill (the number of patients also includes those who are being monitored by the Health Board’s northern regional department). As part of those efforts, the southern regional department is also monitoring six active outbreaks. The largest of those outbreaks occurred at a care home and involves forty-two individuals. A workplace outbreak involves twelve individuals, while a hobby group outbreak involves nineteen individuals, an outbreak at one educational institution nine cases, and an outbreak at another educational institution another nine cases. An outbreak at an entertainment establishment involves fourteen cases.

One of the new cases from Pärnu County was infected via their family members, one in the workplace, and one within their circle of acquaintances. On two further occasions, the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The new case from Saare County was infected within their circle of acquaintances. One of the new cases from Lääne County caught the virus in their workplace. The circumstances surrounding one case from Hiiu County and three cases from Lääne County are still being investigated.

The western regional department is monitoring almost 1,200 people, of whom 168 have fallen ill. The western regional department is also monitoring three outbreaks in Pärnu County, including a first school outbreak which involves eleven individuals, another school outbreak which involves five cases, and a care home outbreak which involves sixteen cases. A workplace outbreak is being monitored in Lääne County which involves six cases.

A total of 147 patients are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 24 November, hospital treatment is being supplied to 147 patients who have COVID-19, with eight of them on a ventilator. Eighteen new patients were discharged from hospital. Fourteen new COVID-19 cases were opened in total within the past 24 hours.

Two new coronavirus deaths were registered within the past 24 hours: those of an 85 year-old woman and a 79 year-old woman. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of ninety-four people in Estonia in total.

As of today, 24 November, hospitals have closed a total of 691 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 674 people.

Also as of 24 November, a total of 6,014 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 4,574 people have been closed (76.1% of the total) and, in the case of 1,440 people (23.9%), 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 447,300 tests have been analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The number of positive initial test results amounts to 10,159 or 2.3% of the total. Detailed statistical data from the coronavirus tests is available at: www.terviseamet.ee/en/coronavirus-dataset.

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: 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.

The HOIA app has been downloaded on 210,644 occasions, and 738 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected. A total of 441 of those cases are active.

The koroonatestimine.ee/en 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 along with other useful information.

The spread of coronavirus in Estonia is extensive and rapid, which means that you can get infected anywhere in which you may come in contact with others. Many people only experience mild symptoms but even so, please observe social distancing rules, wear a mask, wash your hands, ventilate your home, and download the HOIA app. New, stricter social distancing rules which must be followed in various forms of public space have also entered into force this week.

If possible, choose electronic channels and online services for running your errands. Run as many of your errands as possible via electronic channels (use online banking, for example), which will allow you to avoid unnecessary contact with others and reduce the risk of your being infected. If you experience any symptoms, please stay at home.

Get your information from reliable sources. There is misleading information being spread online about coronavirus, along with various conspiracy theories, which can make people put their own health and the health of others at risk unnecessarily, and thereby postpone the day upon which we will be able to return to our normal lives. We would like to request that people follow the government’s official information channels and only spread information which has been confirmed by those channels. Further information is available on the following websites: www.kriis.ee/en and www.terviseamet.ee/en. Information can also be obtained by calling 1247.

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 2,842 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of eighty-four (3.0%) of the initial tests were positive. A full 7,753 vaccine doses were also administered within the past 24 hours. In total, 612,683 individuals have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Estonia, and 538,011 individuals have now received both doses. A total of 55.4% of the entire adult population has received at least one vaccine dose.