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COVID-19 blog, 27 November: 370 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 5,367 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 370 (6.9%) 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 132 were from Tallinn. A total of ninety-six new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, and thirty-one from Tartu County. Seventeen cases were added from Pärnu County, and ten from Võru County. Six new cases each were added from Rapla County and Lääne-Viru County, and four each from Jõgeva County and Valga County. A further three cases each were added from Põlva County and Viljandi County, and two from Saare County. One new case each was also added from Järva County and Lääne 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 314.23, and 5.6% 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 and a further four via their acquaintances. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated.

A total of 106 of the new cases which were added from within the Health Board’s northern regional department between 24-26 November were infected via their family members, and a further seventy-one via their acquaintances. Forty-two individuals caught the virus in the workplace. The virus was brought in from abroad on eleven occasions, including one case each from Sweden, Italy, and the United States, three cases from Finland, three cases from the Russian Federation, and two cases from Ukraine. On 151 occasions the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The circumstances surrounding 173 further cases are still being investigated.

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring over 15,500 people, of whom 2,166 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.

Four of the new cases which were added from Lääne-Viru County within the past 24 hours were infected via their family members, one in the workplace, and the circumstances surrounding one further case are still being investigated. Twenty of the new cases which were added from Ida-Viru County caught the virus at a healthcare institution, thirteen at school, and twelve within their family circle. The remaining individuals were infected in the workplace, one at a kindergarten, one in connection with hobby activities, and one via an acquaintance.

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

There are twenty active outbreaks in total within the eastern regional department’s area of operations. These cover five school outbreaks, including two in Sillamäe, two 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 in Narva and one in Sillamäe, as well as one outbreak at a healthcare institution in Narva and another in Kohtla-Järve. Sillamäe is witness to a hobby group outbreak. There is an outbreak within a circle of acquaintances in Toila Parish. The Viru Prison outbreak involves 250 individuals, an outbreak at a healthcare institution in Kohtla-Järve another ninety-two individuals, and a Narva ice-hockey outbreak seventy-six individuals.

The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring almost 5,300 people, of whom 959 have fallen ill.

Nine of the new cases which were added from the area of operations of the Health Board’s southern regional department were close contacts of individuals who had already fallen ill. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases from the southern region are still being investigated.

As for fifteen of the cases which were added from Tartu County on 26 November, the origins of the infection have remained unknown. Ten individuals were infected via their family members, five in the workplace, four at an educational institution, two by their friends, and one further case was brought in from Russia. Five of the new cases from Võru County were infected in connection with hobby activities, two via their family members, two by their friends, and two in the workplace. One of the new cases from Viljandi County caught the infection via a family member, while another individual was infected in the workplace. Two of the new cases from Jõgeva County were also infected in the workplace, one by a friend, and one via an acquaintance. One of the new cases from Põlva County caught the virus in the workplace and one within their family circle, while on two occasions the origins of the infection have remained unknown. One of the new cases from Valga County was infected via a family member, and in one further occasion the origins of the infection have remained unknown.

There are more than 4,700 people who are being monitored by the Health Board’s southern regional department, of whom 523 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 ten 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 of eleven individuals. There are also two hobby group outbreaks, including one which involves eighteen individuals and another of ten individuals. There are four outbreaks at educational institutions, including one involving eleven cases, another of nine cases, a third of six cases, and a fourth which also involves six cases. An outbreak at an entertainment establishment involves fourteen cases.

Three of the new cases from Pärnu County caught the virus via their family members, two at an educational institution, two at a birthday party, and one within their circle of acquaintances. On three further occasions, the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The new case from Lääne County was infected via a family member. The circumstances surrounding two cases from Saare County and a further six cases from Pärnu County are still being investigated.

The western regional department is monitoring over 1,100 people, of whom 186 have fallen ill. The same department is also monitoring three outbreaks in Pärnu County, including a school outbreak which involves eleven individuals, another school outbreak which involves nine 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 182 patients are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 27 November, hospital treatment is being supplied to 182 patients who have COVID-19, with six of them on a ventilator. Fifteen new patients were discharged from hospital. Twenty-one new COVID-19 cases were opened in total within the past 24 hours.

Five new coronavirus deaths were registered within the past 24 hours: those of a 77 year-old man, a 96 year-old man, a 66 year-old man, a 74 year-old man and a 75 year-old woman. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of 104 people in Estonia in total.

As of today, 27 November, hospitals have closed a total of 734 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 717 people.

Also as of 27 November, a total of 6,710 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 5,153 people have been closed (76.8% of the total) and, in the case of 1,557 people (23.2%), 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 464,700 tests have been analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The number of positive initial test results amounts to 11,323 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 215,123 occasions, and 856 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected. A total of 480 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.