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COVID-19 blog, 7 December: 248 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 2,917 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 248 (8.5%) 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 124 further individuals were found to have been infected. A total of ninety-nine of the new cases from Harju County were from Tallinn.

A further fifty-one new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, and thirty from Tartu County. Thirteen cases were added from Lääne-Viru County. Five new cases each were added from Pärnu County, Rapla County, and Võru County. Three new cases each were added from Järva County and Põlva County. A further two new cases were added from Saare County. One new case each was also added from Jõgeva County, Lääne County, and Valga County. On four 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 396.62, and 7.3% of all initial tests have been found to be positive.

The Health Board is monitoring over 28,000 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 177 of the new cases which were added from within the Health Board’s northern regional department between 5-6 December were infected via family members, work-related contact, or other close contact with individuals who had already fallen ill. On 126 occasions the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The virus was brought in from abroad on fourteen occasions, including from Russia, Poland, Finland, Cyprus, Ukraine, Austria, England, Denmark, and Sweden. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated.

The Health Board’s northern regional department is monitoring over 15,500 people, of whom 2,596 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 non-specific close contact events.

Nine of the new cases which were added from Lääne-Viru County within the past 24 hours were infected via their family members, while one individual caught the virus in connection with hobby activities, one via their acquaintances, and the circumstances surrounding two further cases are still being investigated. Fifteen of the new cases which were added from Ida-Viru County within the past 24 hours were infected in the workplace, while nineteen individuals caught the virus within their family circle, six via their acquaintances, three at a kindergarten, and three at an educational institution. Two further individuals were infected at a healthcare institution, one at a detention centre, and one case was also brought in from Russia. One case was handed over to the Health Board’s southern regional department.

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 6,500 people, of whom 1,411 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.

Five of the new cases which were added from Tartu County on 5-6 December were infected within their family circle, while on six occasions the origins of the infections have remained unknown, with three new cases being connected to an outbreak within an educational institution. Three further individuals caught the virus in the workplace, and one case was brought in from abroad. One of the new cases from Põlva County caught the virus at a care home, while two further individuals were infected within their family circle, and two at an educational institution. One of the new cases from Viljandi County caught the virus at an educational institution, while on three occasions the origins of the infection have remained unknown, two further individuals were infected in the workplace, and three within their family circle, while one case was brought in from abroad. Three of the new cases from Jõgeva County caught the virus within the family circle. Five of the new cases from Võru County were infected via their family members, two at an educational institution, one via their friends, and one in the workplace, while on one further occasion the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The new case from Valga County caught the virus within their family circle.

There are over 5,300 people who are being monitored by the Health Board’s southern regional department, of whom 788 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-four active outbreaks. Of the total number of outbreaks, those at educational institutions and in the workplace are most prevalent.

Three of the new cases which were added from Pärnu County caught the virus at a sports training session, while on one occasion the origins of the infection have remained unknown, and the circumstances surrounding one further case are still being investigated. The circumstances surrounding the new cases from Saare County and Lääne County are also still being investigated.

The western regional department is monitoring over 850 people, of whom 169 have fallen ill. The same department is also monitoring two school outbreaks and a workplace outbreak.

A total of 261 patients are being treated in hospital

As of the morning of 7 December, hospital treatment is being supplied to 261 patients who have COVID-19, with thirteen of those patients on a ventilator. Four new patients were discharged from hospital, and one patient who had previously tested positive was found to be negative. Fifteen new COVID-19 cases were opened in total.

Three new coronavirus deaths were registered within the past 24 hours, involving an 89 year-old man, an 88 year-old woman, and an 83 year-old man. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of 134 people in Estonia in total.

As of today, 7 December, hospitals have closed a total of 880 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 861 people.

Also as of 7 December, a total of 8,714 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 6,616 people have been closed (75.9% of the total) and, in the case of 2,098 people (24.1%), 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 515,000 tests have been analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The number of positive initial test results amounts to 15,226 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 223,705 occasions, and 1,172 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected. A total of 462 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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