Forty-four new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been diagnosed in Estonia in the last 24 hours, the Health Board said on Thursday. The 14-day average is 35.82 per 100,000 people.
Of the new cases, 20 were recorded in Harju County, 16 in Ida-Viru County, two in Järva County and one each in Saare, Lääne-Viru and Valga counties. Three cases had no information in the population register. In total, 3,020 tests were analyzed.
The 14-day average in Harju County is 39.29 and 107.16 in Ida-Viru County,
Four new patients were admitted to hospital, taking the total to 31. Two people were discharged from hospital. The number of deaths remains at 64 and the last death was on August 23.
The estimated number of active cases of coronavirus in Estonia is 476. The total number of COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Estonia since February is now 3,076.
Yesterday 57 new cases were diagnosed.
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Coronavirus situation by region
Northern region: The Health Board is monitoring 1,922 people, of whom 247 have become ill.
The Health Board's northern regional department is monitoring five active outbreaks, one known as the Kadriorg birthday party outbreak involves 26 cases. An outbreak at a workplace involves six cases, one within a family circle involves six cases, and the Läänemere Gymnasium outbreak involves 27 cases (including 19 pupils and eight teachers). As of this morning, the East Tallinn Central Hospital outbreak involves 19 cases (including 15 employees and four patients).
Eastern region: 831 people are being monitored of whom 159 are ill.
There are five active outbreaks in total. Seven cases are connected to the Kohtla-Järve workplace outbreak, 12 cases to the Sillamäe workplace outbreak, and 30 cases to an outbreak within a circle of acquaintances. The Tammiku Basic School outbreak involves 11 cases, and the Kohtla-Järve birthday party outbreak a further five cases.
Southern regional: In total, 187 people are being monitored for coronavirus and 32 people have fallen ill.
As of this morning, there are three outbreaks in total in the southern region, including one which resulted following a birthday party in Võru (involving 22 individuals), plus the Italian trip outbreak (involving nine individuals), and the funeral outbreak (involving 11 individuals).
Western region: 127 people are being monitored and 13 have tested positive.
The new case from Saare County was infected in Kohtla-Järve. The new case from Pärnu County caught the virus during a competition which took place at the Väike-Maarja Rescue College.
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.
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.
Editor: Helen Wright