Health Board: 18 new cases of COVID-19 discovered over last 24 hours ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

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A sign at the Port of Tallinn reading: "Everything is the same as before. Only with a little more space." Source: Siim Lõvi /ERR

18 positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) were diagnosed in Estonia in the last 24 hours, the Health Board announced on Friday. The rate of new cases per 100,000 residents is 12.5.

According to data from the population registry, nine new cases were opened in Ida-Viru County and seven cases were diagnosed in Harju County. One case each was diagnosed in Võru County and Jõgeva County.

In total, 1,271 tests were analyzed.

Over 600 people being monitored by Health Board Eastern Region

Four of the new cases in Ida-Viru are employees of the Estonia mine. Three cases are close contacts with the aforementioned employees and the remaining two cases are connected to travel, with people catching the virus from a close contact returning to Estonia from abroad.

There are 47 cases traced back the recent outbreak at the Estonia mine after two employees went to bar Jõhvi Kelder and were infected with COVID-19.

The outbreak directly related to Jõhvi Kelder consists of 15 active cases, two of which are the employees at Estonia mine.

In total, the Health Board's Eastern Region is monitoring more than 600 people.

The new case in Võru County is also related to travel and the remaining case in Jõgeva County is traced back to a close contact.

Of the seven new cases in Harju County, one received the virus from close contact with an infected person, the remaining six are still being investigated.

Three cases of the total seven discovered in Harju County over the period of August 26-27 were brought in from an European Union country, two are related to a family member being infected and one person was infected at work.

12 people receiving treatment

As of Friday morning, August 28, 12 patients are receiving treatment in hospital, there is noone under ventilation.

There are an estimated 166 active cases of coronavirus in Estonia currently.

The total number of tests conducted in Estonia since March is 146,128, of which 2,343 have been confirmed positive of the novel coronavirus.

There were no deaths reported, leaving the total at 64. The last death recorded was on August 24.

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: Kristjan Kallaste

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