Forty-four new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed in the last 24 hours across Estonia, the Health Board said on Wednesday. The infection rate has risen again.
Twenty-seven new cases were confirmed in Harju County, 13 in Ida-Viru County and one each in Tartu, Pärnu and Võru counties. One case had no information in the population register. In total, 1,651 were analyzed.
There are 29 patients in hospital, one less than Tuesday, and one is using a ventilator.
The infection rate is now 36.72 per 100,000 inhabitants, an increase of 1.43 from yesterday.
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Coronavirus situation by region
Twenty-four new cases were added from Tallinn. One of the new cases from Harju County was a close contact of an individual who had already fallen ill. One new case was brought in from France. The circumstances surrounding the remaining cases are still being investigated. There are eight different outbreaks in total within the northern regional department's area of operations. Forty-two cases are connected to the first outbreak in a workplace, while the second workplace outbreak involves eight cases, and the third workplace outbreak also involves eight cases. An outbreak within a family circle includes five individuals. A school outbreak and a fourth workplace outbreak include six cases each, while a fifth workplace outbreak includes five individuals. A second school outbreak which was added this morning also includes five cases.
The inspectors of the Health Board's northern regional department are monitoring 1,436 people, of whom 232 have fallen ill.
Two of the new cases from Ida-Viru County were infected at a care home, one individual caught the infection in the workplace, one person was infected at school, and one further person was infected either via their acquaintances or a family contact. Two new cases were brought in from Russia. The circumstances surrounding one further case are still being investigated. There are seven active outbreaks in total within the eastern 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 twenty-one cases to the care home outbreak in Jõhvi. The outbreak at a school in Sillamäe involves a further thirty-six 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 760 people, of whom 152 have fallen ill.
The new case from Võru County was infected via a family contact. The new case which, based on data in the population register, is from Tartu County involves an individual who actually lives in Harju County and the case has therefore been handed over to the northern regional department. The southern regional department is monitoring 474 people, of whom fifty-seven 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 twenty individuals.
The new case from Pärnu County was infected via a family contact. The western regional department is monitoring sixty-six people, of whom eighteen have fallen ill.
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