Health Board: 16 new cases of coronavirus diagnosed in last 24 hours ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

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

Sixteen cases of coronavirus were diagnosed across Estonia in the last 24 hours, the Health Board said on Monday. In total, 725 tests were analyzed.

Seven cases were recorded in Harju County, four each in Võru and Pärnu counties. One case did not have any information in the population register.

The infection rate per 100,000 people is 19.34 as an average of the last 14 days. In Tallinn, the rate is 28.8.

Seven people are being treated in hospital and no deaths occurred in the last 24 hours.

The total number of tests analyzed since February is 160,423 and 1.6 percent - 2,532 - have given a positive result.

Harju County

Two of the seven and new cases are close contacts of previously infected people. The circumstances of the remaining cases are being clarified. Five of the seven new cases were recorded in Tallinn.

During September 5-6, there were two cases of unknown cases of illness with an unknown place of residence but these persons are actually from Tallinn. One case came from the southern regional department. Four cases were brought to Estonia from European Union countries and from Turkey and Ukraine. In 16 cases the infection took place in a family or acquaintance circle, in two cases the source of the infection was not identified.

There are five active outbreaks under the supervision of the Northern Regional Department of the Health Board, of which 15 are associated with Nõmme Kalju hearth, 10 with artist Edward von Lõngus' "Doomsday Cathedral" (Viimsepäeva katedraal) last day event on August 21 in Ülemiste, another 10 with a party at Gourmet Coffee and 10 with a sauna party. There are a total of seven cases of outbreaks in the workplace, including at the Russian Drama Theater.

A total of 669 people, 145 of whom are ill, are being monitored by the Northern Regional Department of the Health Board.

Võru and Pärnu counties

The cases recorded in the counties are from foreign travel to Italy and Austria. This is a 10-member traveling party in which only one person tested negative for coronavirus. 

Nearly 251 people, 21 of whom are ill, are being monitored by the Southern Regional Department. In the Western Regional Department, 13 are being monitored, 6 of whom are ill.

How can the spread of coronavirus be stopped?

  • Stay home when sick even if your symptoms are mild.
  • Keep 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.
  • 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. So far it has been downloaded by more than 80,000 people.

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Editor: Helen Wright

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