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COVID-19 blog, 28 December: 416 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 2,976 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 416 (14%) 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 260 further individuals were found to have been infected. A total of 208 of the new cases from Harju County were from Tallinn.

A further seventy-two new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, nineteen from Lääne-Viru County, seventeen from Järva County, and fourteen from Tartu County. Seven new cases were added from Pärnu County, and four each from Jõgeva County, Rapla County, Võru County, and Valga County. Three new cases were also added from Viljandi County, two from Saare County, and a further one case each from Lääne County and Põlva County. On four 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 558.7, and 10.9% of all initial tests have been found to be positive.

The Health Board is monitoring over 25,000 individuals

The northern regional department is monitoring over 16,500 people, of whom 4,240 have fallen ill.

The eastern regional department is monitoring over 5,300 people, of whom 1,463 have fallen ill.

There are over 2,400 people who are being monitored by the southern regional department, of whom 718 have fallen ill (the number of people who are being monitored also includes individuals from the northern, eastern, and western regions).

There are over 1,600 people who are being monitored by the western regional department, of whom 432 have fallen ill.

A total of 431 patients are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 28 December, hospital treatment is being supplied to 431 patients who have COVID-19. Forty of those patients require intensive care, with twenty patients on a ventilator. Fifteen new patients were discharged from hospital (including seven discharge cases which were registered retrospectively), one patient was transferred to a non-COVID-19 unit, and two further patients were transferred to another hospital.

Six new coronavirus deaths were registered within the past 24 hours, involving a 71 year-old man, a 71 year-old woman, a 79 year-old man, an 82 year-old woman, an 85 year-old woman, and a 91 year-old woman. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of 213 people in Estonia in total.

As of today, 28 December, hospitals have closed a total of 1,313 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 1,289 people.

Also as of 28 December, a total of 15,921 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 11,879 people have been closed (74.6% of the total) and, in the case of 4,042 people (25.4%), 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, over 616,700 tests have been analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The number of positive initial test results amounts to 25,808 individuals, or 4.2% of the total. Detailed statistical data from the coronavirus tests is available at:

COVID-19 vaccination has been launched in Estonia

Yesterday, on 27 December, a COVID-19 vaccination programme was launched in Estonia. In total, 207 individuals were vaccinated. Healthcare professionals at hospitals, in ambulances, and in health centres in Ida-Viru County, Tallinn, and Tartu were immunised first. As of this week, the process will spread gradually across the whole of Estonia.

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.

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:

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 242,409 occasions, and 2,034 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected. A total of 610 of those cases are active.

The 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.

Let’s stay at home

Let’s keep in mind those individuals who must spend the festive season in hospital. The spread of coronavirus is increasing in Estonia. Let’s observe all of the restrictions and measures which have been established to protect our health in order to ensure both that our healthcare system can cope and to avoid endangering the health and lives of other people. Let’s avoid all unnecessary contact with others, follow social distancing rules, and please wear face masks!

Please keep your contact with other people at a minimum level, and stay at home as much as possible in order to reduce the risk of being infected, as well as of spreading the virus within your family circle. Spend New Year’s Eve with only your closest family members. Cancel all parties and avoid large-scale gatherings, even outdoors.

It is known that the elderly and those individuals who suffer from chronic diseases are hit hardest by COVID-19 and are likelier to end up in hospital. Let’s do our best to avoid infecting them. Let’s prefer communication over the phone or online and spend less time together physically.

Further information about COVID-19 can be found on the Health Board website and on its Facebook page.

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