Health Board: 15 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed over last 24 hours ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

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

15 new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in Estonia over the last 24 hours, the Health Board (Terviseamet) announced on Friday. The 14-day average is exactly 16 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Of the new cases, seven were recorded in Harju County, three in Ida-Viru County and one in Jõgeva County. The remaining cases are still under investigation. In total, 2,106 tests were analyzed.

All tests regarding the WRC Rally Estonia event were confirmed as negative for the virus.

Northern and Southern Region of Health Board monitoring close to 1,300 people

Of the seven cases diagnosed in Harju County, two are traced back to travelers returning to Estonia, one from the European Union and one from Russia. One case recorded was the case discovered in the Russian Theater in Tallinn, which is now closed. The remaining cases are being investigated.

Of the four cases not registered in the population registry, one is traced back to a person involved with Tallinn Ironman, a triathlon event over the weekend. The infected person is currently in isolation.

The Northern Region for the Health Board is currently monitoring four active outbreaks, with eight cases each in an outbreak at Ülemiste City and the Nõmme Kalju outbreak, which also saw a Europa League match canceled. There are six cases each related to the outbreak at the Russian theater (work and family contacts) and a sauna party.

In total, the Northern Region is monitoring more than 500 individuals currently.

There are five active outbreaks in Ida-Viru County, 56 are traced back to the outbreak at Estonia mine, which restarted operations on Thursday. 15 cases are related to the outbreak at bar Jõhvi Kelder, an outbreak traced back to the U.K. involves 13 cases, nine cases are active from an outbreak at Ojamaa mine and five cases in relation to an outbreak at Viru Prison.

Two of the three new cases in Ida-Viru County are infections within the family. The Eastern Region is monitoring some 700 individuals currently.

Nine people in treatment, noone under ventilation

The 14-day average is exactly 16 per 100,000 inhabitants, meaning Estonia has reached the threshold for traveling without restrictions in the European Union. Latvia will discuss a quarantine requirement for the other Baltic states on Friday, possibly bursting the "so-called" Baltic bubble.

156,276 total tests have been conducted in Estonia since March. The total number of cases diagnosed in Estonia is 2,456. 

There are an estimated 212 cases currently active in Estonia, two down from Thursday. There are nine people currently receiving treatment in hospital with noone needing ventilation.

There were no deaths reported during the last 24 hours.

To see more data visit koroonakaart.

How can the spread of coronavirus be stopped?

  • The most efficient measure is keeping your distance.
  • In crowded places and especially indoors where it is not possible to keep your distance from other people, it is advisable to wear a mask.
  • Closed, crowded spaces should be avoided if possible.
  • Hands must be washed frequently with soap and warm water.
  • When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with disposable tissue.
  • Anyone who becomes ill should stay at home, even if their symptoms are mild.
  • People who develop any symptoms should contact their family physician.

Download 'HOIA'

You can also download Estonia's coronavirus exposure notification app 'HOIA' which will alert you if you have been in close contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus.

The free app can be downloaded at the Google Play Store or App Store. Read ERR News' feature about the app. So far it has been downloaded by more than 80,000 people.

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