Thirty-three new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed across Estonia in the last 24 hours, the Health Board said on Thursday. The two week average infection rate has now fallen below 40 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Fourteen of the new cases were diagnosed in Ida-Viru County, seven in Jõgeva County and four in Harju County. There was one case each in Pärnu, Hiiu, Tartu, Valga and Lääne-Viru counties. In total, 2,018 tests were analyzed.
The two week average is now 39.88 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Thirty-five patients are being treated in hospital, one more than yesterday, and three people were discharged from hospital. There have been no deaths in the last 24 hours.
There are estimated to be 530 active cases in Estonia.
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Four of the new cases from Ida-Viru County caught the virus from a family member, while one further individual was infected in the workplace, and five individuals were infected at school. On one occasion, the infection was brought in from Russia. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated, as are those regarding the new case from Lääne-Viru County.
There are seven active outbreaks in total within the regional department's area of operations. Eleven cases are connected to an outbreak at a school in Kohtla-Järve, and an outbreak within a circle of family members and acquaintances in Ida-Viru County involves eight cases. There are nine cases that are connected to an outbreak at a school in Jõhvi and eighteen cases to the care home outbreak in Jõhvi. The outbreak at a school in Sillamäe involves a further thirty-three individuals, and an outbreak at an entertainment establishment involves ten cases in total in Kohtla-Järve and Sillamäe. The workplace outbreak from Narva involves seven cases.
The Health Board's eastern regional department is monitoring 926 people, of whom 182 have fallen ill.
The circumstances surrounding the new cases from Harju County are still being investigated. There are three different outbreaks in total within the northern regional department's area of operations. Thirty-nine cases are connected to the first outbreak in a workplace, while the second workplace outbreak involves eight cases, and the third workplace outbreak involves seven cases.
The inspectors of the Health Board's northern regional department are monitoring 1,449 people, of whom 241 have fallen ill.
Six of the new cases from Jõgeva County were infected in the workplace, while one further case is a close contact of an individual who had already fallen ill. The circumstances surrounding the new case from Valga County are still being investigated. The new case from Tartu County was brought in from Lithuania. The southern regional department is monitoring 454 people, of whom forty-one have fallen ill.
As part of those efforts, the southern regional department is also monitoring two outbreaks. An outbreak in a workplace in Võru involves twenty-four individuals and another workplace outbreak in Jõgeva County involves eight individuals.
The new case which, based on data in the population register, is from Hiiu County involves an individual who actually lives in Tartu County and the case has therefore been handed over to the southern regional department. The new case from Pärnu County was brought in from Germany.
The western regional department is monitoring 63 people, of whom twenty-one have fallen ill. The regional department is also monitoring an outbreak within a family circle in Saare County which involves six individuals.
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