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COVID-19 blog, 25 November: 384 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 5,731 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 384 (6.7%) 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 178 further individuals were found to have been infected, of whom 143 were from Tallinn. Seventy-nine new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, and forty-nine from Tartu County. Eleven cases were added from Pärnu County, and ten from Võru County. Nine new cases were added from Lääne-Viru County, and eight from Põlva County. Six new cases each were added from Lääne County and Viljandi County, and four cases each from Järva County, Rapla County, and Valga County. Three new cases each were also added from Jõgeva County and Saare County, and two from Hiiu County. On eight 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 303.09, and 6.7% of all initial tests have been found to be positive.

Four of the new cases which were added from Harju County, Järva County, and Rapla County within the past 24 fours were infected within their family circle, one in the workplace, and seven via their acquaintances. On one further occasion, the origins of the virus have remained unknown. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated.

A total of 115 of the new cases which were added from within the Health Board’s northern regional department between 22-24 November were infected via their family members, and a further seventy-four via their acquaintances. Twenty-seven individuals caught the virus in the workplace. The virus was brought in from abroad on nine occasions, including one case each from Romania, Finland, and Sweden, and two cases each from Poland and the Russian Federation. On 152 occasions the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The circumstances surrounding 102 further cases are still being investigated.

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring over 15,400 people, of whom 2,055 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.

Fifteen of the new cases from Ida-Viru County were infected at a healthcare institution, and fourteen via their family members. Six further individuals caught the infection in the workplace, four were infected via their acquaintances, and two in connection with hobby activities. Two cases caught the virus at school, two at a training session, and a further two on an Estonian Defence Forces base. One further case was also brought in from Poland, and two from Sweden. One of the new cases which were added from Lääne-Viru County was transferred to Ida-Viru County. Three further cases from Lääne-Viru County caught the virus from their family members, and two via acquaintances. One individual was also infected at school and one in the workplace.

The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases which were added from the area of operations of the Health Board’s eastern regional department 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 are also two outbreaks within institutions and an outbreak at a healthcare institution in Narva. Sillamäe is witness to a hobby group outbreak. The Viru Prison outbreak involves 250 individuals, an outbreak in Kohtla-Järve involves seventy-nine individuals, and a Narva ice-hockey outbreak includes seventy-six individuals.

The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring almost 5,600 people, of whom 915 have fallen ill.

Five of the new cases from Tartu County were infected via their family members, two at an educational institution, and two in the workplace. Two further cases were added to a care home outbreak, while one case was brought in from Russia. One new case from Jõgeva County caught the virus from their family member. Two of the new cases from Valga County were also infected via their family members, and one further individual was added to a care home outbreak. One of the new cases from Viljandi County caught the virus from a family member, one was infected in the workplace, and one within their circle of acquaintances. One new case from Põlva County was infected within their family circle. In the case of one new individual from Võru County who has tested positive, the origins of the virus have remained unknown.

The circumstances surrounding the remaining new cases from the area of operations of the southern regional department are still being investigated.

Nine of the cases which were added from Tartu County on 24 November were infected by their family members, while on seven occasions the origins of the infection have remained unknown. A further seven cases caught the virus at an educational institution, five in the workplace, two via their friends, one from an acquaintance, and one case was also brought in from Ukraine. Two of the new cases from Võru County were infected at hobby group gatherings, and one by a family member, while on four occasions the origins of the infection have remained unknown. Three of the new cases from Viljandi County caught the virus via family members, two at an educational institution, and on one occasion the origins of the infection have remained unknown. Two of the new cases from Jõgeva County were infected in the workplace, while on one other occasion the origins of the infections have remained unknown. The origins of the infection have also remained unknown in the case of the new cases from Valga County and Põlva County.

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 seven active outbreaks. The largest of those outbreaks occurred at a care home and involves fifty-six individuals. A workplace outbreak involves twelve individuals, while a hobby group outbreak involves nineteen individuals, an outbreak at one educational institution eleven cases, and an outbreak at another educational institution a further nine cases. An outbreak at an entertainment establishment involves fourteen cases.

Three of the new cases from Pärnu County caught the virus from family members, two within their circles of acquaintances, and two from a customer attendant. One further new case from Pärnu County was infected at an educational institution and, in one case, the origins of the infection have remained unknown. One new case from Saare County caught the virus within a circle of acquaintances. One new case from Lääne County was infected within their family circle, while on three further occasions the origins of the infection have remained unknown. One new case from Hiiu County was infected via a family member.

The circumstances surrounding the remaining new cases from the area of operations of the western regional department are still being investigated.

The western regional department is monitoring over 1,200 people, of whom 183 have fallen ill. The same department is also monitoring three outbreaks in Pärnu County, including a first school outbreak which involves eleven individuals, another school outbreak which involves seven cases, and a care home outbreak which involves fourteen cases. A workplace outbreak is being monitored in Lääne County which involves six cases.

A total of 163 patients are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 25 November, hospital treatment is being supplied to 163 patients who have COVID-19, with seven of them on a ventilator. Seven new patients were discharged from hospital. Thirty-four new COVID-19 cases were opened in total within the past 24 hours.

Three new coronavirus deaths were registered within the past 24 hours: those of a 91 year-old woman, a 71 year-old man, and a 91 year-old man. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of ninety-seven people in Estonia in total.

As of today, 25 November, hospitals have closed a total of 706 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 689 people.

Also as of 25 November, a total of 6,052 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 4,572 people have been closed (75.5% of the total) and, in the case of 1,480 people (24.5%), 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 453,000 tests have been analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The number of positive initial test results amounts to 10,541 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 212,230 occasions, and 780 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected. A total of 456 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.

Let’s make an effort in order to be able to spend Christmas with our loved ones. Christmas should never be lonely. It should be a festive period which we can spend with those who are dearest to us. In order to be able to do this, let’s avoid attending large-scale events and observe all restrictions which have been established in Estonia. Let’s also not forget to celebrate the first Advent Sunday safely, and take all the required precautions.

The spread of coronavirus in Estonia is extensive and rapid, which means that you can become 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 2,659 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 265 (10%) 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 128 further individuals were found to have been infected. A total of 110 of the new cases from Harju County were from Tallinn.