Health Board: 20 new COVID-19 cases, mostly in Ida-Viru and Harju counties ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Coronavirus testing starts at Tallinn Airport.
Coronavirus testing starts at Tallinn Airport. Source: Siim Lõvi /ERR

Twenty new cases of COVID-19 have been found in Estonia in the past 24 hours, the Health Board (Terviseamet) said on Wednesday, most of them in Ida-Viru and Harju counties.

Nine of the new infections were reported for Ida-Viru County, Harju County saw eight infections, and one was discovered in Lääne-Viru County.

The remaining two cases were of undetermined location (the Health Board compiles its data based on the population register; data for the two cases was unavailable).

In total, 1,595 primary coronavirus tests were conducted in the past 24 hours, giving an infection rate of 1.3 percent. Estonia's 14-day infection rate average is 15.7 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Four of the Harju County cases were among football players at Nõmme Kalju or their close contacts.

Harju County is experiencing two localized outbreaks, centering on a sauna party (eight cases) and linked to Ülemiste City office district, as well as Nõmme Kalju (five cases), the Health Board's Northern Regional Department said.

There are currently 450 people under the board's northern department's surveillance, 85 of whom are sick, the authority said.

Four of the 10 Ida- and Lääne-Viru counties' cases in the past 24 hours are linked to Viru Prison, where two prison staff contracted the virus and two of their close contacts did same.

Two other Viru counties' cases have been traced to individuals arriving in Estonia from the Russian Federation, and three were close contacts of an existing carrier, with one source still undetermined.

The Health Board's eastern regional department is monitoring a total of 770 individuals, 106 of whom are sick.

There are a total of five active outbreaks in that district, the largest being the two oil shale mine outbreaks (55 and eight cases respectively), followed by 15 relating to the Jõhvi Kelder bar, 13 traced to a recent arrival from the U.K. who was visiting relatives, and five relating to the Viru Prison (Wednesday's four cases plus one earlier case).

As of the morning of September 2, eight people in Estonia require hospital treatment due to COVID-19, with no patients on using ventilators. One person has been discharged, and no deaths have been reported since August 23.

2,130 people have been recovered from COVID-19, 1,609 (75.5 percent) of whom had their case terminated by a health professional (family doctor, hospital etc.).

The remaining 521 people meeting the three criteria of not having tested positive for coronavirus in the past 28 days, not currently being hospitalized due to the virus and not waiting for a coronavirus case to be closed.

Estonia's latest 14-day coronavirus rate is 15.7 per 100,000 inhabitants, just below the foreign ministry's own ceiling which would define a country as high-risk and require arrivals from that country to quarantine for two weeks.

151,940 primary coronavirus tests have been conducted since the end of January, with 2,415 (1.6 percent) returning positive during that time.

More data can be viewed on the Koroonakaart site here.

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