Health Board: 49 new cases of coronavirus diagnosed ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

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

Forty-nine new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed in the last 24 hours, the Health Board said on Tuesday. Estonia's 14-day average is now 44.77 per 100,000 people.

Thirty tests were recorded in Harju County, nine in Ida-Viru County, four in Saare County, two each in Põlva and Rapla counties and one in Lääne-Viru County. In total, 2,563 tests were analyzed.  

As of Tuesday morning, 36 people are being treated in hospital - four more than yesterday - and three people were discharged in the last 24 hours.

There are estimated to be 595 active cases in Estonia and the total number of cases diagnosed since February is 3,315.

The 14-day average in Harju County is 46.99 and 132.12 in Ida-Viru County. The average rate has shot up in Võru County to 89.43.

To see more data visit koroonakaart.  

Coronavirus situation by region

Northern region

Eight of the thirty new cases from Harju County - of whom twenty-four were from Tallinn - were close contacts of previous cases. On one occasion, the virus was brought in from Belarus. The remaining cases are still being investigated. 

The inspectors of the Health Board's northern regional department are monitoring over 2,000 people, of whom 318 have fallen ill.

There are seven different outbreaks in total within the northern regional department's area of operations, of which the largest are the East Tallinn Central Hospital outbreak (35 people) and the Läänemere Gymnasium outbreak (33). A further seven cases are connected to the Rescue Board outbreak, while a workplace outbreak also involves seven cases, and a further outbreak within a family circle involves six cases. The outbreak which is connected to the Haapsalu Nostalgia Days event involves eight cases. Another outbreak in a workplace currently involves nine individuals. 

Eastern region

Three of the new cases from Ida-Viru County caught the virus within the family circle, while two individuals were infected via acquaintances who had fallen ill, and a further two individuals were infected in their workplaces. The circumstances surrounding the remaining four cases are being investigated, while those regarding the new case from Lääne-Viru County are also still being investigated.

The Health Board's eastern regional department is monitoring 982 people, of whom 190 have fallen ill.

There are eight active outbreaks in total within the regional department's area of operations. Seven cases are connected to the Kohtla-Järve workplace outbreak, 13 cases to the first Sillamäe workplace outbreak, and nine cases to the second Sillamäe workplace outbreak. The outbreak within a circle of acquaintances involves 30 cases, the Tammiku Basic School outbreak 11 cases, and the Kohtla-Järve birthday party outbreak five cases. There are also currently seven cases that are connected to one other outbreak within a circle of family members, and a further six cases are connected to the Kohtla-Järve Central Elementary School outbreak. 

Southern region

The Health Board's southern regional department is monitoring 442 people in connection with coronavirus, of whom fifty-two have fallen ill. 

As of this morning there is one active outbreak in the southern region, in a workplace in Võru which involves 19 people.

Western region

One of the new cases from Saare County was brought in from Finland, one further case was a close contact of an individual who had already fallen ill, and one individual who has caught the virus was infected while being treated in East Tallinn Central Hospital. The circumstances surrounding the remaining one case are still being investigated.

The western regional department is monitoring 177 cases, of whom twenty-two have fallen ill. 

A correction regarding the new case which was added from Saare County on September 28 is that it was not brought in from Finland but had also been treated in East Tallinn Central Hospital. One of the new cases from Pärnu County was infected via a family contact and the other was via a work-related contact (the infected individual does not live in Pärnu County).

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.
  • Trips abroad should be canceled and school holidays spent in Estonia.
  • 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.

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