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COVID-19 blog, 26 April: 163 new positive test results have been added within the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 2,013 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 163 (8.1%) of the initial tests were positive. A full 2,393 vaccine doses were also administered within the past 24 hours. In total, 311,731 individuals have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Estonia, and 99,849 individuals have received both doses. A total of 59% of all individuals over the age of seventy have received at least one vaccine dose. In Hiiu County, Jõgeva County, Järva County, Lääne County, Lääne-Viru County, Põlva County, Pärnu County, Rapla County, Saare County, Tartu County, Viljandi County, and Võru 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 eighty-seven further individuals were found to have been infected. A total of seventy-one of the new cases in Harju County were from Tallinn.

A further twenty-one new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, fourteen from Tartu County, ten each from Pärnu County and Järva County, and seven from Lääne-Viru County. Another three new cases each were added from Viljandi County and Valga County, two each from Jõgeva County and Lääne County, and one each from Põlva County and Saare County. No new cases were added from Hiiu County, Rapla County, or Võru County. On two 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 447.50, and 9.0% of all initial tests have been found to be positive.

A total of twenty-two new COVID-19 cases have been opened within the past 24 hours, and 407 patients are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 26 April, hospital treatment is being supplied to 407 patients who have COVID-19. Sixty-two of those patients require intensive care, with forty-one patients on a ventilator.

A total of twenty-two new COVID-19 cases were opened. Ten patients were discharged from hospital, and a further four patients were transferred to a non-COVID-19 unit.

In total, 6.7% of all individuals who have tested positive have required hospital treatment. The average age of those patients who are being treated in hospital is 69. In total, 316 of those patients who require hospital treatment are over the age of sixty (77.0% of the overall figure).

Two new coronavirus deaths were registered within the past 24 hours, involving a 64 year-old man and a 73 year-old man. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of 1,145 people in Estonia in total.

As of today, 26 April, hospitals have closed a total of 6,861 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 6,604 people.

Also as of 26 April, a total of 107,906 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 70,846 people have been closed (65.7% of the total) and, in the case of 37,060 people (34.3%), 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 1,264,876 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 120,378 individuals, or 9.5% of the total. Detailed statistical data from the coronavirus tests is available at: www.terviseamet.ee/en/coronavirus-dataset.

In total, 311,731 individuals have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Estonia, and 99,849 individuals have received two doses

As of this morning, a total of 311,731 individuals have been vaccinated against COVID-19, of whom 211,882 individuals have received one dose, and 99,849 individuals have received both doses. Of that total, 2,393 vaccine doses were administered over the past 24 hours, and 411,580 vaccine doses have been administered overall.

According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), just 23.1% of the adult population in the European Union has received at least one vaccine dose. In Estonia, 27.3% of the adult population has received at least one vaccine dose. Based on the number of COVID-19 vaccinations that have been carried out amongst its total population, Estonia is in fourth place in the European Union’s table of most vaccinations completed, below Malta, Hungary, and Finland.

The aim of vaccinating against COVID-19 is to protect risk groups who are likelier to be infected or who are at a higher risk of developing severe symptoms in the event of being infected, as well as to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to reduce the number of deaths that are caused by the disease, while also alleviating the load on the healthcare system and the economy, and to enable society to function normally.

The first recipients of vaccinations are healthcare professionals and the employees of healthcare institutions, employees and residents of care homes, and individuals who are over seventy years old and who suffer from certain health conditions which may increase the severity of COVID-19 symptoms that could be experienced in the event of their falling ill. As soon as Estonia receives a sufficient number of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, vaccination will also become available to other target groups, as well as to the general population.

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 274,504 occasions. Overall, 6,636 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected. A total of 143 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

The intensity of the spread of coronavirus has begun to decrease, and the number of those individuals who require hospital treatment is also dropping. The number of new cases which are added each day still remains very high though. For this reason we must continue to make every effort together to ensure that the situation continues to improve so that we can gradually start returning to our normal daily lives.

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.

Please only use reliable sources to find information about coronavirus, COVID-19, and vaccines. Vaccination-related information is available at: www.vaktsineeri.ee. Further information about COVID-19 can be found on the Health Board website and on its Facebook page.

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