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COVID-19 blog, 29 November: 355 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 5,278 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 355 (6.7%) 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 175 further individuals were found to have been infected, of whom 132 were from Tallinn.

A total of 109 new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, and twenty-two from Tartu County. Eight cases were added from Võru County, and seven from Põlva County. Six new cases were added from Pärnu County and Viljandi County, and five each from Jõgeva County and Valga County. A further two cases were added from Järva County and Lääne-Viru County, and one new case each from Rapla County and Lääne County. On six 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 332.29, and 6% of all initial tests have been found to be positive.

The Health Board is monitoring over 27,000 individuals

Thirteen of the new cases which were added from the area of operations of the northern regional department were infected within their family circle and a further four via their acquaintances. On two occasions, the origins of the infection have remained unknown, while the circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated.

A total of 118 of the new cases which were added from within the Health Board’s northern regional department between 26-28 November were infected via family members, a further seventy-four via their acquaintances, and thirty-two in the workplace. On 156 occasions the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The virus was brought in from abroad on thirteen occasions, including one case from England, two cases each from Ukraine, Sweden, and Russia, and six cases from Finland. The circumstances surrounding another 201 cases are still being investigated.

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring over 15,200 people, of whom 2,264 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, nine workplace outbreaks, one event outbreak, 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.

One of the new cases which were added from Lääne-Viru County within the past 24 hours was infected via their acquaintances, while the circumstances surrounding the other new case are still being investigated. Twenty-six of the new cases which were added from Ida-Viru County caught the virus within their family circle, twelve in the workplace, eleven from acquaintances, and nine at school. One further individual was infected on an Estonian Defence Forces base, one at a care home, and one case was brought in from Russia. The circumstances surrounding the remaining new cases which were added within the past 24 hours are still being investigated.

There are twenty-five active outbreaks in total within the eastern regional department’s area of operations. These cover six school outbreaks, including two in Sillamäe, three 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 seven, including three in Narva, and one each in Sillamäe, Jõhvi, Tapa and Lääne-Viru County. There are also two outbreaks within institutions in Narva and one in Sillamäe, as well as one 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 and a family outbreak in Lüganuse Parish. The Viru Prison outbreak involves 250 individuals, an outbreak at a healthcare institution in Kohtla-Järve another ninety-one 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 1,069 have fallen ill.

Fifteen 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.

Sixteen of the new cases which were added from Tartu County on 28 November were infected within the family circle. On eleven occasions the origins of the infection have remained unknown, while five individuals were infected at an educational institution, four in the workplace, and one within a circle of friends. Three of the new cases from Jõgeva County were infected at a care home and one by a family member, while on three occasions the origins of the infection have remained unknown. One of the new cases from Võru County was infected within their family circle, and the circumstances surrounding one other case have remained unknown. Three of the new cases from Põlva County were infected within their family circle, one in the workplace, and on one further occasion the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The origins of the infection have also remained unknown in relation to the three new cases from Valga County. Two of the new cases from Viljandi County were infected at an educational institution, while on one further occasion the origins of the infection have remained unknown.

There are more than 5,300 people who are being monitored by the Health Board’s southern regional department, of whom 610 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 thirteen active outbreaks. The largest of those outbreaks occurred at a care home and involves fifty-nine individuals. There are three workplace outbreaks, two hobby group outbreaks, and six outbreaks at educational institutions. One further outbreak is connected to an entertainment establishment.

One of the new cases from Pärnu County caught the virus at an educational institution, another within their family circle, and on two occasions the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The new case from Lääne County was infected via their acquaintances. 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 1,170 people, of whom 184 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 191 patients who have been infected with coronavirus are being treated in hospital, while a further three individuals have died

As of the morning of 29 November, hospital treatment is being supplied to 191 patients who have COVID-19, with seven of them on a ventilator. One new patient was discharged from hospital. Sixteen new COVID-19 cases were opened in total within the past 24 hours. One further patient was transferred to another hospital, and one patient was also transferred to a non-COVID-19 unit.

Three new coronavirus deaths were registered within the past 24 hours: those of a 62 year-old woman, an 87 year-old man and a 95 year-old woman. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of 112 people in Estonia in total.

As of today, 29 November, hospitals have closed a total of 759 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 742 people.

Also as of 29 November, a total of 6,994 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 5,385 people have been closed (77% of the total) and, in the case of 1,609 people (23%), 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 475,000 tests have been analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The number of positive initial test results amounts to 12,052 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 217,242 occasions, and 911 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected. A total of 492 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.

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.