Health Board: 32 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed over last 24 hours ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Masks available at the Estonian Film and Television Awards gala.
Masks available at the Estonian Film and Television Awards gala. Source: Siim Lõvi /ERR

Thirty-two new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) were diagnosed in Estonia over the last 24 hours, the Health Board (Terviseamet) announced on Tuesday. The infection rate per 100,000 people increases to 20.32.

A total of 1,770 coronavirus tests were analyzed over the last 24 hours, with 32 of them confirmed as positive for COVID-19.

According to data from the population registry, 12 cases went to Harju County, three cases each were diagnosed in Ida-Viru and Võru counties, two in Pärnu County and one each in Tartu and Viljandi County. The remaining ten cases were missing residence data in the population registry, the Health Board said.

Of the 12 cases (9 in Tallinn) in Harju County, seven are traced as close contacts of previously infected family members and one case was diagnosed from a traveler returning from Germany. The remaining cases are still investigated.

In the period of September 6-7, one case each was diagnosed on travelers returning from Italy and Mexico, six were traced back to contacts in family or at work.

More than 1,600 people monitored by the Health Board

The Health Board's Northern Region is currently monitoring five active outbreaks, 15 cases are associated with football club Nõmme Kalju, 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 seven with a sauna party.

A total of 761 people are being monitored by the Northern Region, of which 156 are confirmed ill with the novel coronavirus.

Ida-Viru County saw three cases added over 24 hours, one of which went to Narva. Two cases are traced back to previously infected close contacts.

The Eastern Region of the Health Board is monitoring close to 600 people, with five active outbreaks still in the region, with 56 cases (31 workers, 25 close contacts) associated with an outbreak at Estonia mine. 15 patients are traced back to bar Jõhvi Kelder, another 15 to the so-called Great Britain outbreak, nine to Ojamaa mine and 5 to Viru Prison.

Of the new cases in the Southern Region, five are associated with a birthday in Võru, a total of 12 cases are traced back to the outbreak. The Southern Region is monitoring 275 people, of which 30 are infected with COVID-19.

Seven people receiving treatment in hospital, noone under ventilation

As of Tuesday morning, seven people are receiving treatment in hospital with noone under ventilation. There were no new hospital cases opened or closed over the last 24 hours.

A total of 162,191 tests have been conducted in Estonia since early-March, with 2,564 confirmed for COVID-19. 2,195 people have recovered fully, according to the Health Board.

There are an estimated 270 cases active in Estonia currently.

The infection rate per 100,000 people over the last 14 days has increased to 20.32.

For more data, visit koroonakaart.

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 100,000 people, 22 have declared themselves ill through the app.

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Editor: Kristjan Kallaste

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