Health Board: Two new cases of COVID-19 discovered over last 24 hours

A COVID-19 testing tent during the peak of the pandemic in spring, in this case in Viljandi.
A COVID-19 testing tent during the peak of the pandemic in spring, in this case in Viljandi. Source: Olev Kenk/ERR

Two positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) were diagnosed in Estonia in the last 24 hours, the Health Board (Terviseamet) announced on Monday. The rate of new cases per 100,000 residents is 13.8.

According to data from the population registry, both of the cases discovered were diagnosed in Harju County. In total, 228 tests were analyzed.

Two additional people under Health Board Northern Region monitoring

The Northern Region of the Health Board is monitoring a group infection, which now connects eight people. The outbreak began at a club event at Ülemiste City on August 21, where a person who had arrived from Spain on August 20 also participated. The person gave a positive coronavirus test the day following the party, leading the Health Board to contact each person in the infected person's close group. Five of the group have since been diagnosed with COVID-19.

The Northern Region is monitoring close to 400 people, of which 70 have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.

Kindergarten and sports center in Kohtla-Järve closed for a week

Starting Monday, kindergarten Rukkilill in Kohtla-Järve has been shut down for a week, as an employee at the establishment was diagnosed with COVID-19.

Additionally, Kohtla-Järve sports center has also been closed due to two workers being diagnosed with the virus. All close contacts of the patients and employees of the center will quarantine for 14 days.

The Eastern Region of the Health Board is monitoring more than 700 people, of which 90 have been diagnosed with COVID-19. In total, the regional department is monitoring four outbreaks, with 54 people connected to the outbreak at Estonia mine, 15 with an outbreak at bar Jõhvi Kelder, eight traced back to an outbreak at Ojamaa mine and six traced to the so-called "Great Britain" outbreak.

Nine patients are receiving treatment in hospital

As of Monday morning, August 31, nine patients are receiving treatment in hospital, there is noone under ventilation.

Estonia's incidence rate per 100,000 residents over the past 14 days stands at 13.8.

There are an estimated 183 active cases of coronavirus in Estonia currently.

The total number of tests conducted in Estonia since March is 148,131, of which 2,375 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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