Health Board: 17 new cases of coronavirus diagnosed ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Jõhvi kelder.
Jõhvi kelder. Source: Sergei Stepanov/ERR

Seventeen new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed in Estonia in the last 24 hours, the Health Board said on Wednesday. In total, 1,344 tests were analyzed.

Nine cases were reported in Ida-Viru County, seven in Harju County and one in Lääne-Viru County.

More than 60 patients in Ida-Viru County have coronavirus 

Three of the new cases in Ida-Viru County are related to Ojamaa mine and another three to the Estonia mine. Two more cases were recorded in close contacts of employees of the Estonia mine. 

So far 21 employees at the Estonia mine have tested positive and 15 members of their family.

There are 34 estimated cases related to the Jõhvi Kelder bar outbreak, which spread to the Estonia mine after two employees went to the bar.

Seven people are connected to an outbreak at the Ojamaa mine. 

In total, the eastern region of the Health Board is monitoring almost 500 people, 65 of whom are ill.

Three of the seven infected people in Harju County are close contacts of other people infected with COVID-19, the sources of infection in the remaining cases are being clarified.

The circumstances of the case of Lääne-Virumaa are being clarified.

Ten people are being treated in hospital

As of Wednesday morning, 10 people in Estonia are being treated in hospital due to coronavirus, there are no patients using ventilators. No new cases were opened, no people were sent home in the past 24 hours. 

The infection rate is 10.3 per 100,000 people as a 14 day average.

In total, 2,311 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus since February.

To see more data visit koroonakaart.

You can also download Estonia's free coronavirus exposure notification app "HOIA" from the Google Play store or the App store.

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 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.

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Editor: Helen Wright

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