Health Board: 15 new cases of coronavirus diagnosed in last 24 hours

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

Fifteen new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed in Estonia in the last 24 hours, the Health Board said on Thursday. The infection rate per 100,000 is now 20.69 as a 14-day average.

In the last 24 hours, 1,903 tests were analyzed. Seven cases were diagnosed in Harju County, six in Ida-Viru County and one in Pärnu County. One case had no information in the population register.

Nine people are being treated in hospital - two more than yesterday - and one is using a ventilator. As of Wednesday, 2,215 people have recovered from coronavirus. 

In total, 165,883 primary tests have been performed in Estonia, of which 2,600 or 1.6 percent have been positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

There are estimated to be 275 active cases.

To view more data in English, Russian or Estonian see koroonakaart.

Harju County

The seven cases added to Harju County were all diagnosed in Tallinn. Four are close contacts of a previously infected person. The circumstances of the other infections are still being clarified.

Of the cases which were diagnosed between September 8 and 9, two were introduced from India and Hungary, four cases were related to a birthday party in Gourmet Coffee and seven cases were related to family and work contacts.

There are five active outbreaks under the supervision of the Northern Regional Department of the Health Board - one less than yesterday.

Fifteen cases are associated with Nõmme Kalju football club, 10 with artist Edward von Lõngus' "Doomsday Cathedral" (Viimsepäeva katedraal) exhibition last day event on August 21 in Ülemiste, 16 with an outbreak at Gourmet Coffee and six at a music event. 

There are a total of eight cases of outbreaks relating to workplaces. The sauna party outbreak is no longer being monitored.

A total of 912 people, 163 of whom are ill, are being monitored by the Northern Regional Department of the Health Board.

Two new coronavirus testing points will be opened in Tallinn this week, one at the Mäe gate of the Song Festival Grounds by Medicum from Thursday, and the second on the left side of Saku Suurhall in Haabersti which will be run by SYNLAB from Friday.

Ida-Viru County

Six new cases were added to Ida-Viru County. 

In five cases infections were spread at the workplace, in one case there is close contact with a previously infected person.

There are five active outbreaks in the Eastern region, the largest of which affects 57 people (31 of them are employees and 26 are close contacts of employees) at the Estonia mine and Jõhvri Kelder Bar. 

Fifteen cases of coronavirus are related to someone who visited from the United Kingdom, nine cases are connected to the Ojamaa mine and 5 with Viru Prison outbreak (three employees and two employees' family members). 

The Eastern Regional Department is monitoring 448 people, 62 of whom are ill.

Southern and western Estonia

As of this morning, there are three outbreaks in the Southern region in total - a family infection with six people, a birthday party in Võru with 16 people and a group who traveled to Italy which has nine patients. 

The Southern Regional Department is monitoring 291 people with coronavirus, 334of whom are ill.

In the Western Regional Department, is monitoring 23 people, 8 of whom are ill. The case in Pärnu comes from close contact with an infected person.

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.


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Editor: Helen Wright

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