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COVID-19 blog, 3 January: 342 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 3,454 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 342 (9.9%) 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 188 further individuals were found to have been infected. A total of 143 of the new cases from Harju County were from Tallinn.

A further sixty new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, nineteen from Tartu County, eighteen from Pärnu County, and twelve from Järva County. Eight new cases were added from Võru County, seven from Valga County, six from Lääne-Viru County, five each from Lääne County and Rapla County, two from Viljandi County, and one each from Hiiu County, Põlva County, and Saare 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 551.55, and 12.3% of all initial tests have been found to be positive.

The Health Board is monitoring over 23,000 individuals

The northern regional department is monitoring over 14,800 people, of whom 4,128 have fallen ill.

The eastern regional department is monitoring over 4,500 people, of whom 1,467 have fallen ill.

There are over 2,600 people who are being monitored by the southern regional department, of whom 931 have fallen ill (the number of people who are being monitored also includes individuals from the northern, eastern, and western regions).

There are over 1,300 people who are being monitored by the western regional department, of whom 427 have fallen ill.

A total of 401 patients are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 3 January, hospital treatment is being supplied to 401 patients who have COVID-19. Forty-three of those patients require intensive care, with twenty-seven patients on a ventilator.

Twenty-one new cases were opened in total. Five patients were discharged from hospital, four patients were transferred to a non-COVID-19 unit, and three further patients were transferred to another hospital.

Three new coronavirus deaths were registered within the past 24 hours, involving an 84 year-old man, a 91 year-old woman, and a 95 year-old man. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of 244 people in Estonia in total.

As of today, 3 January, hospitals have closed a total of 1,545 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 1,519 people.

Also as of 3 January, a total of 19,323 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 14,451 people have been closed (74.8% of the total) and, in the case of 4,872 people (25.2%), 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, over 642,000 tests have been analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The number of positive initial test results amounts to 29,131 individuals, or 4.5% of the total. Detailed statistical data from the coronavirus tests is available at:

In total, 2,517 individuals in Estonia have been vaccinated against COVID-19

A total of 2,517 individuals have now been vaccinated against COVID-19. At the beginning of next week at the latest, TEHIK will also be displaying detailed vaccination information on the Health Board’s coronavirus map. Patients can view their vaccination information in the ‘Patient Portal’ at

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.

The first recipients of the vaccination will be healthcare professionals and employees of healthcare institutions, the employees and residents of care homes, and individuals who are over seventy years old and who suffer from certain health conditions which may increase the severity of COVID-19 symptoms that could be experienced in the event of their falling ill. As soon as Estonia receives a sufficient number of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, vaccination will also become available to other target groups, as well as to the general population.

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:

Based on information which is available to the Health and Welfare Information Systems Centre (TEHIK), the HOIA app has been downloaded on 247,829 occasions, and 2,278 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected. A total of 614 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.

The intensity of the spread of the virus in Estonia is very high

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.

It is well 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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A total of 202 influenza and 1,726 COVID-19 cases reported this week 

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