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Influenza blog, week 1: the first confirmed case of influenza A virus

In week one of 2021, one case of influenza A virus was confirmed in Pärnu County. In total, two influenza cases have been confirmed in Estonia this season through laboratory analyses, involving a single case each of influenza A and influenza B.

In the period between 4-10 January, a total of 2,596 people sought medical aid due to acute upper respiratory tract infections, of whom 20% were children. The highest number of cases were registered in Ida-Viru County, Narva, Tartu County, Tallinn, and Pärnu County.

The situation across Europe

According to the European Influenza Surveillance Network and the WHO, the intensity of the spread of influenza remains low within the European Union, as well as elsewhere in the world. The various hygiene and social distancing measures which have been implemented in order to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus have probably also had a role in preventing the spread of the influenza virus.

Influenza is caused by viruses from the Orthomyxoviridae family. Influenza is caused by the influenza A, B, and C viruses. Influenza A viruses have the highest pandemic potential. The symptoms of the disease include rapidly increasing fever, headache, dry cough, and/or head cold, tiredness and weakness, and muscular and joint pain. Influenza may cause serious complications, such as pneumonia or an intensifying of chronic pulmonary or cardiovascular diseases.

Influenza is an acute viral disease which spreads in the form of outbreaks; as an epidemic or a pandemic. The disease affects mainly children, but most hospitalisation cases and deaths involve the elderly, as well as those individuals who suffer from chronic diseases.

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COVID-19 blog, 4 March: 1,420 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 6,969 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 1,420 (20.4%) 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 815 further individuals were found to have been infected. A total of 628 of the new cases from Harju County were from Tallinn.

03.03.2021

COVID-19 blog, 3 March: 1,467 new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 8,299 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 1,467 (17.7%) 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 813 further individuals were found to have been infected. A total of 603 of the new cases from Harju County were from Tallinn.