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COVID-19 blog, 7 October: fifty-six new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen a total of 2,263 initial tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, with fifty-six new positive test results being added.

Based on the data in the population register, the highest number of new positive test results came from Harju County, where twenty-nine further individuals were found to have been infected. Sixteen new positive coronavirus test results were added from Ida-Viru County, and three cases from Tartu County. Two cases each were also added from Võru County and Pärnu County, and one case each from Lääne County and Saare County. On two occasions, the places of residence of those individuals who tested positive was not specified in the population register. As a rule, such individuals tend to be foreign nationals.

The number of cases for every 100,000 people in the last fourteen days is 51.47.

Five of the new cases from Harju County (of whom twenty-two were from Tallinn) were brought in from abroad (from European Union member states, plus Ukraine and Iraq), while on two occasions the individuals were infected within the family circle, and on two further cases in their workplaces. On three occasions, the origins of the infection have remained unknown. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated.

There are six different outbreaks in total within the northern regional department’s area of operations, of which the largest is the hospital outbreak which involves twenty-five employees, fourteen patients, and two cafeteria employees who have fallen ill. Twenty-nine pupils and ten teachers have been infected in connection with an outbreak at a school in Tallinn. Thirty cases are connected to the first outbreak in a workplace, while the second workplace outbreak involves seven cases, and the third workplace outbreak another seven cases, with a further five individuals also being connected to an outbreak within a circle of family members and acquaintances.

The inspectors of the Health Board’s northern regional department are monitoring over 2,200 people, of whom 370 have fallen ill.

Two of the new cases from Ida-Viru County are connected to being infected in the workplace, while the circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated. There are eleven active outbreaks in total within the regional department’s area of operations. Thirty cases are connected to the largest outbreak in the region, and one which took place within a circle of acquaintances, while fourteen cases are connected to the first Sillamäe workplace outbreak, and nine cases to the second Sillamäe workplace outbreak. An outbreak at one school in Kohtla-Järve involves twelve cases, an outbreak at another school in Kohtla-Järve involves seven cases, another outbreak within a circle of family members and acquaintances in Ida-Viru County eight cases, and the Kohtla-Järve birthday party outbreak five cases. There are also seven cases that are connected to an outbreak at a school in Jõhvi and seven cases to the care home outbreak in Jõhvi, with the latter involving two care home employees and five of its clients. The outbreak at a school in Sillamäe involves a further eight individuals, and an outbreak at an entertainment establishment involves nine cases in total in Kohtla-Järve and Sillamäe. 

The Health Board’s eastern regional department is monitoring over 900 people, of whom 189 have fallen ill.

The circumstances surrounding the new cases from Võru County are being investigated. The southern regional department is monitoring over 200 people in connection with coronavirus, of whom sixty-six have fallen ill. One active outbreak is being monitored in the region, in a workplace in Võru which involves twenty-four cases.

The new case from Saare County was brought in from a European Union member state, while the new case from Lääne County was infected in the workplace. The circumstances surrounding the new cases from Pärnu County are still being ascertained.

The western regional department is monitoring almost 180 people, of whom thirty-four have fallen ill. The regional department is monitoring an outbreak which is connected to an event which took place in Lääne County (involving six individuals) and another outbreak within a family circle in Saare County (also involving six individuals). 

Three people are on a ventilator

As of the morning of 7 October, a total of thirty-nine people in Estonia are being treated in hospital due to coronavirus, with three patients on a ventilator. One new patient was discharged from hospital, and one new COVID-19 case was opened.

No new deaths have been added in the past 24 hours. Coronavirus has now claimed the lives of sixty-seven people in Estonia.

As of today, 7 October, hospitals have closed a total of 479 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 466 people.

Also as of 7 October, a total of 2,813 people have recovered from COVID-19. The cases of 2,136 people have been closed (75.9% of the total) and, in the case of 677 people (24.1%), more than 28 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.

Over 226,000 initial tests have been analysed in Estonia, of which 3,715 or 1.64% of the total have been positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Detailed statistical data from the coronavirus tests is available at: www.koroonakaart.ee/en.

The situation is becoming increasingly serious, and everyone must contribute to keeping the virus under control

It is a good idea to wear a mask in crowded indoor spaces and when using public transport (especially in Ida-Viru County, Tallinn, and Võru). Wearing a mask in Estonia is not compulsory, but doing so is a very good additional measure in connection with maintaining the required distance from others, along with proper hand hygiene, and proper respiratory hygiene. Anyone who has developed any symptoms must wear a mask in public places or if direct contact is unavoidable. All close contacts of an individual who has been diagnosed with coronavirus should wear a mask even if they do not yet have any symptoms. It is very important to place, wear, and remove the mask properly in order to avoid being infected. Always sanitise your hands after removing your mask.

Let’s keep our parents and grandparents safe. The virus has started to spread from younger individuals to older ones who are hit harder by COVID-19 and are more likely to require hospitalisation due to the infection. The higher the number of infected individuals among young and working-age people, the more the virus will spread to older people. Therefore, please do not visit your grandparents after attending a mass gathering.

Trips abroad should be postponed and the school holidays should be spent in Estonia. The spread of the virus is increasing in Estonia, across Europe, and worldwide. In order to prevent any cross-border spread of the virus, all trips abroad should be cancelled and holidays should be spent in Estonia instead. Only travel if it is unavoidable.

Stay home if you are ill. As ‘close contact’ refers to a situation in which individuals remain within two metres of one another for a period of at least fifteen minutes, attending a gathering when you are ill is a certain way of infecting your friends. At gatherings people often spend several hours together in an enclosed space, speaking loudly at each other. The latter act certainly facilitates the spread of the particles that can transmit the virus.

Anyone who attends a public event and who has a smartphone should install the HOIA coronavirus app which more efficiently helps to identify potential close contacts.

How can the spread of coronavirus be stopped?

  • The most efficient measure which can be applied to avoid being infected is keeping one’s distance.
  • In crowded places and especially indoors where it is not possible to maintain the required distance from other people, it is advisable to wear a mask.
  • Closed, crowded spaces should be avoided if possible.
  • The rules governing hand hygiene must be observed: hands must be washed frequently.
  • Hands should be washed in soap and warm water. Alcohol-based hand sanitation products should be used in public places.
  • When you sneeze or cough, please cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue. Immediately safely dispose of the used tissue and clean your hands. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (or part of your forearm), not your bare hand, to cover your mouth and nose.
  • Anyone who becomes ill should stay at home, even if their symptoms are mild.
  • People who develop any symptoms should suspect that they have coronavirus and contact their family physician.
  • 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.

According to information from the Health and Welfare Information Systems Centre, as of today the HOIA app has been downloaded on 153,868 occasions, and 81 individuals have used the app to highlight themselves as having been infected.

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 3,172 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 173 (5.5%) of the initial tests were positive. A full 6,142 vaccine doses were also administered within the past 24 hours. In total, 627,375 individuals have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Estonia, and 552,952 individuals have now received both doses. A total of 56.5% of the entire adult population has received at least one vaccine dose.