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COVID-19 blog, 26 November: 415 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 5,645 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 415 (7.4%) 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 233 further individuals were found to have been infected. A total of 101 new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, and thirty-two from Tartu County. Six cases were added from Lääne-Viru County, and five each from Põlva County and Rapla County. Four new cases each were added from Lääne County, Pärnu County, Viljandi County, and Võru County, and three from Jõgeva County. Two new cases each were also added from Saare County and Valga County, and one from Järva County. On nine 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 305.95, and 5.5% of all initial tests have been found to be positive.

Eight 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 one via their acquaintances. On five further occasions, the origins of the virus have remained unknown. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated.

A total of 102 of the new cases which were added from within the Health Board’s northern regional department between 23-15 November were infected via their family members, and a further seventy-seven via their acquaintances. Forty-one individuals caught the virus in the workplace. The virus was brought in from abroad on eight occasions, including one case each from Sweden, Italy, and the United States, three cases from Finland, and two cases from the Russian Federation. On 141 occasions the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The circumstances surrounding eighty-six further cases are still being investigated.

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring over 15,500 people, of whom 2,144 have fallen ill. There are twenty-six different outbreaks in total within the northern regional department’s area of operations. These cover four school outbreaks, eight workplace outbreaks, two event outbreaks, and a further eight 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.

The circumstances surrounding 107 cases which were added from the area of operations of the Health Board’s eastern regional department are still being investigated.

Twenty-eight of the new cases which were added from Ida-Viru County on 25 November were infected at a healthcare institution, ten via their family members, and ten in the workplace. Five further individuals caught the infection at a care home, two at school, and two via their acquaintances. Two of the cases which were added from Lääne-Viru County on 25 November were infected via their family members, one in the workplace, and one at an educational institution.

There are seventeen 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 four, including one each in Narva, 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 at a healthcare institution in Kohtla-Järve involves ninety-two individuals, and a Narva ice-hockey outbreak includes seventy-six individuals.

The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring almost 5,100 people, of whom 939 have fallen ill.

Five of the new cases from Tartu County were infected in the workplace, and three via their family members. Three of the new cases from Võru County caught the virus in connection with hobby group activities, three from their family members, and one in the workplace. One new case from Jõgeva County was infected in the workplace, and one from Põlva County caught the virus via a family member, while one from Valga County was also infected via their family member, and two via their acquaintances. One new case from Viljandi County caught the infection within their family circle.

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

As for fifteen of the cases which were added from Tartu County on 25 November, the origins of the infection have remained unknown. Eight individuals were infected in the workplace, eight via their family members, three at an educational institution, two via their acquaintances, one by a friend, and one further case was brought in from Russia. The origins of the infection have remained unknown in relation to the new cases from Võru County. One of the new cases from Viljandi County was infected by a family member, one within their circle of acquaintances, and one in the workplace. Two of the new cases from Jõgeva County were infected within their family circle. Four of the new cases from Põlva County were infected at a care home, while on two occasions the origins of the infections have remained unknown, and one individual was infected within their family circle. One of the new cases from Valga County caught the virus from a family member, one from a friend, one in the workplace and, on one further occasion, the origins of the virus have remained unknown.

There are more than 4,500 people who are being monitored by the Health Board’s southern regional department, of whom 504 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 nine active outbreaks. The largest of those outbreaks occurred at a care home and involves fifty-nine individuals. There are two workplace outbreaks, including one which involves twelve individuals and another which includes eight individuals. A hobby group outbreak involves eighteen individuals. There are three outbreaks at educational institutions, including one involving eleven cases, another involving nine cases, and a third which involves six cases. An outbreak at an entertainment establishment involves fourteen cases.

Two of the new cases from Pärnu County caught the infection via their family members, and one in the workplace. The circumstances surrounding one further case are still being investigated. The two new cases from Lääne County were infected within their family circle.

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 1,400 people, of whom 197 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. The Health Board’s western regional department is also monitoring a workplace outbreak in Tallinn which involves five individuals.

A total of 183 patients are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 26 November, hospital treatment is being supplied to 183 patients who have COVID-19, with seven of them on a ventilator. Fourteen new patients were discharged from hospital. Thirty-seven 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 a 77 year-old woman and an 88 year-old woman. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of ninety-nine people in Estonia in total.

As of today, 26 November, hospitals have closed a total of 718 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 701 people.

Also as of 26 November, a total of 6,497 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 4,977 people have been closed (76.6% of the total) and, in the case of 1,520 people (23.4%), 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, almost 458,700 tests have been analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The number of positive initial test results amounts to 10,955 or 2.4% 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 213,533 occasions, and 818 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected. A total of 475 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.