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COVID-19 blog, 6 December: 479 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 5,719 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 479 (8.4%) 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 213 further individuals were found to have been infected. A total of 176 of the new cases from Harju County were from Tallinn.

A further 165 new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, and thirty-three from Tartu County. Twelve cases were added from Võru County, and eleven from Viljandi County. Seven new cases were added from Põlva County, six from Jõgeva County, and five from Pärnu County. A further four new cases each were added from Lääne-Viru County and Rapla County. Three new cases were added from Valga County, and two from Järva County. One new case each was also added from Saare County and Hiiu County. On twelve 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 395.42, and 7.3% of all initial tests have been found to be positive.

The Health Board is monitoring almost 29,000 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 132 of the new cases which were added from within the Health Board’s northern regional department between 4-5 December were infected via family members, work-related contact, or other close contact with individuals who had already fallen ill. Eighty-two of the new cases were connected to a retirement home in Loksa. On 136 occasions the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The virus was brought in from abroad on eight occasions, including from Russia, Poland, Finland, and Cyprus. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated.

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring over 16,200 people, of whom 2,637 have fallen ill. There are twenty-two 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.

Two of the new cases which were added from Lääne-Viru County within the past 24 hours were infected via their family members, while the circumstances surrounding two further cases are still being investigated. Forty-two of the new cases which were added from Ida-Viru County within the past 24 hours were infected in the workplace (with thirty-seven of those cases originating from the same workplace outbreak), thirty-two individuals caught the virus via their acquaintances, seven at an educational institution, and one at a healthcare institution. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases which were added within the past 24 hours are still being investigated.

There are thirty-one 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 6,400 people, of whom 1,387 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.

Seventeen of the new cases which were added from Tartu County on 4-5 December were infected within their family circle, while on seven occasions the origins of the infections have remained unknown, with three new cases being connected to a care home outbreak, and two with an outbreak within an educational institution. Two further individuals were infected in the workplace, and two others caught the virus via other sources. Thirteen of the new cases from Põlva County caught the virus at a care home, while four further individuals were infected within their family circle. The origins of the infection have remained unknown on three occasions, while one individual caught the virus in the workplace, and one at an educational institution. Two of the new cases from Viljandi County were infected at an educational institution, while on two occasions the origins of the infection have remained unknown, one further individual caught the virus in the workplace, and one within the family circle. Six of the new cases from Jõgeva County caught the virus at a care home, two cases were brought in from abroad, and on one occasion the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The origins of the infection have also remained unknown in relation to two of the new cases from Võru County, while one further individual from Võru County was infected in the workplace. Three of the new cases from Valga County caught the virus within their family circle, two in the workplace, and one at an educational institution.

There are over 5,400 people who are being monitored by the Health Board’s southern regional department, of whom 824 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.

Two of the new cases which were added from Pärnu County caught the virus at a care home (those cases have been handed over to the eastern regional department), while two individuals were infected in the workplace. On one occasion the origins of the infection have remained unknown, and the circumstances surrounding two further cases are still being investigated. The new cases from Hiiu County and Saare County have been handed over to Health Board’s northern regional department.

The western regional department is monitoring over 800 people, of whom 165 have fallen ill. The same department is also monitoring a school outbreak and a workplace outbreak.

A total of 254 patients are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 6 December, hospital treatment is being supplied to 254 patients who have COVID-19, with thirteen of those patients on a ventilator. Seven new patients were discharged from hospital, two patients were transferred to another hospital, and one further patient was transferred to a non-COVID-19 department. Thirty new COVID-19 cases were opened in total.

Five new coronavirus deaths were registered within the past 24 hours involving two 92 year-old women, a 95 year-old woman, an 84 year-old man, and a 76 year-old man. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of 131 people in Estonia in total.

As of today, 6 December, hospitals have closed a total of 875 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 856 people.

Also as of 6 December, a total of 8,677 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 6,616 people have been closed (76.2% of the total) and, in the case of 2,061 people (23.8%), 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 512,000 tests have been analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The number of positive initial test results amounts to 14,978 or 2.9% 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 222,997 occasions, and 1,144 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected. A total of 473 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.

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.

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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.