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COVID-19 blog, 28 November: 376 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 5,738 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 376 (6.5%) 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 164 further individuals were found to have been infected, of whom 123 were from Tallinn.

A total of 114 new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, and forty-three from Tartu County. Eleven cases were added from Viljandi County, and six from Lääne-Viru County. Five new cases were added from Pärnu County, and four each from Põlva County, Rapla County, and Jõgeva County. A further three cases were added from Lääne County, and two from Hiiu County and Järva County. One new case each was also added from Saare County, Valga County, and Võru County. On eleven 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 322.58, and 5.8% of all initial tests have been found to be positive.

According to Tiia Luht, head of the Health Board’s southern regional department, there have recently been incidents of individuals who are waiting for their coronavirus test results taking their children to school or to the kindergarten.

The Health Board urges anyone who is waiting for their test results to act in terms assuming that there is a very good chance that their test result will be positive until such time as they have received a result that says otherwise. ‘As we can see, the spread of SARS-CoV2 in Estonia is consistent. You can be infected almost anywhere,’ said Tiia Luht.

The Health Board is monitoring over 27,000 individuals

One of the new cases which were added from the area of operations of the northern regional department was brought in from the Russian Federation, while twelve individuals were infected within their family circle. On five occasions, the origins of the infection have remained unknown, while the circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated.

A total of twenty of the new cases which were added from within the Health Board’s northern regional department between 26-27 November were infected via family members, a further twelve via their acquaintances, and nine in the workplace. On fifteen occasions, the origins of the infection have remained unknown. One further case was brought in from Sweden. The circumstances surrounding another 128 cases are still being investigated.

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring over 15,600 people, of whom 2,201 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 in the workplace, while the circumstances surrounding two further cases are still being investigated. Twenty-four of the new cases which were added from Ida-Viru County caught the virus in the workplace, twenty-two via their family members, seven from acquaintances, and five at school. The circumstances surrounding the remaining new cases which were added within the past 24 hours 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 also 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 over 5,400 people, of whom 1,017 have fallen ill.

Nineteen of the new cases which were added from the area of operations of the Health Board’s southern regional department within the past 24 hours were close contacts of individuals who had already fallen ill. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated. There are more than 5,000 people who are being monitored by the Health Board’s southern regional department, of whom 571 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 twelve active outbreaks. The largest of those outbreaks occurred at a care home and involves sixty individuals. There are two workplace outbreaks, two hobby group outbreaks, and six outbreaks at educational institutions. One further outbreak is connected to an entertainment establishment.

Both of the new cases from Hiiu County, as well as the new cases from Saare County, are connected to the Estonian Defence Forces. Two new cases from Lääne County were infected via their family members. One of the new cases from Pärnu County caught the virus in the workplace, and another at an educational institution. The circumstances surrounding the remaining new cases which were added from the area of operations of the Health Board’s western regional department are still being investigated.

The western regional department is monitoring over 1,150 people, of whom 172 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 180 patients who have been infected with coronavirus are being treated in hospital, while a further five further individuals have died

As of the morning of 28 November, hospital treatment is being supplied to 180 patients who have COVID-19, with six of them on a ventilator. Twenty new patients were discharged from hospital. Twenty-nine new COVID-19 cases were opened in total within the past 24 hours. Four further patients were transferred to another hospital, and two patients were also transferred to a non-COVID-19 unit.

Five new coronavirus deaths were registered within the past 24 hours: those of a 63 year-old man, a 75 year-old man, an 81 year-old man, a 92 year-old man and an 81 year-old woman. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of 109 people in Estonia in total.

As of today, 28 November, hospitals have closed a total of 757 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 740 people.

Also as of 28 November, a total of 6,979 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 5,384 people have been closed (77.1% of the total) and, in the case of 1,595 people (22.9%), 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 470,000 tests have been analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The number of positive initial test results amounts to 11,698 or 2.5% 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 215,833 occasions, and 892 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected. A total of 491 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 the name of our loved ones

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 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.