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COVID-19 blog, 5 December: 561 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 6,407 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 561 (8.8%) 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 312 further individuals were found to have been infected. A total of 205 of the new cases from Harju County were from Tallinn.

A further 113 new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, and forty from Tartu County. Thirteen cases were added from Lääne-Viru County, and eleven each from Rapla County and Viljandi County. Ten new cases each were added from Pärnu County and Võru County. Nine new cases were added from Põlva County, with six from Jõgeva County and five from Järva County. A further four new cases each were added from Lääne County and Saare County, three from Valga County, and two from Hiiu 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 385.64, and 7.2% of all initial tests have been found to be positive.

The Health Board is monitoring almost 30,000 individuals

The circumstances surrounding the new cases which were added from within the area of operations of the Health Board’s northern regional department within the past 24 hours are still being investigated.

A total of 138 of the new cases which were added from within the Health Board’s northern regional department between 3-4 December were infected via family members, work-related contact, or other close contact with individuals who had already fallen ill. On 152 occasions the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The virus was brought in from abroad on three occasions, including from Russia, Poland, and Finland. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated.

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring over 16,000 people, of whom 2,588 have fallen ill. There are twenty-three different outbreaks in total within the northern regional department’s area of operations. Most of those outbreaks are related to workplaces, circles of acquaintances, or schools.

Three of the new cases which were added from Lääne-Viru County within the past 24 hours were handed over to the northern regional department (as those cases involve individuals who reside at a care home in Harju County). Three individuals were infected via their family members, one in the workplace, one via their acquaintances, and one at school. Thirty-two of the new cases which were added from Ida-Viru County within the past 24 hours were infected within their family circle, twenty-four in the workplace, eleven via their acquaintances, nine at school, one at a kindergarten, and one further case was brought in from Bulgaria. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases which were added within the past 24 hours are still being investigated.

There are twenty-eight active outbreaks in total within the eastern regional department’s area of operations. The majority of the outbreaks are connected to workplaces or schools.

The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring over 6,200 people, of whom 1,290 have fallen ill.

The circumstances surrounding the new cases which were added from within the area of operations of the Health Board’s southern regional department within the past 24 hours are still being investigated.

Nineteen of the new cases which were added from Tartu County on 3-4 December were infected within their family circle, five at an educational institution, and one in the workplace. Eleven of the new cases from Põlva County caught the virus at a care home, while two further individuals were infected within their family circle. Four of the new cases from Viljandi County were infected via family-related contact, one via their acquaintances, and one at an educational institution. Six of the new cases from Jõgeva County caught the virus at a care home, while one further individual was infected within their family circle. Three of the new cases from Võru County were infected within their family circle, two at an educational institution, one within their group of friends, and one in the workplace. One of the new cases from Valga County was brought in from abroad, while one further individual was infected in the workplace.

There are over 6,100 people who are being monitored by the Health Board’s southern regional department, of whom 785 have fallen ill (the number of patients also includes those who are being monitored by the Health Board’s northern regional department). The southern regional department is also monitoring twenty-two active outbreaks. Of the total number of outbreaks, those at educational institutions and in the workplace are most prevalent.

Five of the new cases which were added from Pärnu County was infected within their family circle. One further case was handed over to the Health Board’s northern regional department and two to the southern regional department as those cases involve individuals who live in care homes in these regions. One of the new cases from Hiiu County was handed over to the northern regional department as it involves an individual who lives in Harju County. The other new case from Hiiu County caught the virus at an educational institution. One of the new cases from Saare County was infected in the workplace. The circumstances surrounding the remaining new cases from the area of operations of the Health Board’s western regional department are still being investigated.

The western regional department is monitoring almost 1,200 people, of whom 182 have fallen ill. The same department is also monitoring a school outbreak and a workplace outbreak.

A total of 239 patients are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 5 December, hospital treatment is being supplied to 239 patients who have COVID-19, with twelve of those patients on a ventilator. Ten new patients were discharged from hospital, and one further patient was transferred to a non-COVID-19 department. Thirty-one new COVID-19 cases were opened in total (three of those cases were opened retrospectively).

Two new coronavirus deaths were registered within the past 24 hours involving a 78 year-old man and a 93 year-old man. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of 126 people in Estonia in total.

As of today, 5 December, hospitals have closed a total of 864 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 845 people.

Also as of 5 December, a total of 8,641 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 6,616 people have been closed (76.6% of the total) and, in the case of 2,025 people (23.4%), 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, more than 505,000 tests have been analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The number of positive initial test results amounts to 14,500 or 2.8% 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 222,131 occasions, and 1,111 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected. A total of 487 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 reduce the number of close contacts and break down the chain of infection spread

The Estonian healthcare system is at a risk of being overburdened. Our aim is to stop the increasing spread of the virus and to attempt to stabilise the situation, in order to be able to work towards achieving a decline in the number of new cases.

With this in mind, Christmas and New Year’s Eve will have to be different this year. We are requesting that all large-scale parties be cancelled and that we only get together with those who are closest to us, and safely. The year has been difficult for everyone, so let’s have less parties, but more care for one another, helping anyone who needs our assistance.

Let’s try not to organise any private parties which involve more than ten people who we are seeing on a daily basis anyway. Let’s work remotely, as much as possible. Let’s observe the restrictions which have been established in the country.

The Health Board also strongly urges everyone not to travel abroad during the winter holidays. Any trips to foreign countries should be postponed due to the high spread of coronavirus in other countries.

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

As of 2 December, and every day, referrals for testing are being issued via the family physician advisory line

As of 2 December, anyone who is unable to reach their family physician on a working day may call 1220 to get a referral for testing. The advisory line is available every day between 08:00-22:00.

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