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Influenza blog, week 18: no new influenza cases added

No new influenza cases were added in Estonia during week 18. Overall so far, a total of six influenza cases have been confirmed in Estonia this season through laboratory analyses, involving two cases of influenza A and four cases of influenza B. Two individuals have been hospitalised due to influenza.

In the period between 3 - 9 May, a total of 1,619 people sought medical aid due to acute viral upper respiratory tract infections, of whom 27% were children. The highest number of cases were registered in Narva, Pärnu County, Viljandi County and Ida-Viru 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 also played a role in preventing the spread of the influenza virus.

Influenza is caused by viruses from the Orthomyxoviridae family, and primarily 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; either as an epidemic or as a pandemic. The disease mainly affects children, but most hospitalisation cases and deaths involve the elderly, as well as those individuals who suffer from chronic diseases.

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23.07.2021

COVID-19 blog, 23 July: eighty-four new positive test results have been added within the past 24 hours

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.

22.07.2021

COVID-19 blog, 22 July: 121 new positive test results have been added within the past 24 hours

The last 24 hours have seen 2,698 tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to coronavirus, of which the results of 121 (4.5%) of the initial tests were positive. A full 6,916 vaccine doses were also administered within the past 24 hours. In total, 608,902 individuals have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Estonia, and 532,767 individuals have now received both doses. A total of 55.1% of the entire adult population has received at least one vaccine dose.