Health Board: 76 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed

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Social distancing sign at T1 Mall in Tallinn.
Social distancing sign at T1 Mall in Tallinn. Source: ERR

Seventy-six new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in Estonia over the last 24 hours, the Health Board (Terviseamet) announced on Thursday. The two week average infection rate is now 36.72.

According to data from the population registry, 49 new cases were diagnosed in Harju County, 11 in Ida-Viru County and three cases were discovered among people of Pärnu County. Two cases each went to Jõgeva, Rapla and Valga counties with one remaining case diagnosed in Saare County.

Five cases did not have any information in the population registry, normally referring to the person being a foreigner.

The two week average is now 36.72 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Coronavirus situation by region

Northern region

Forty-two new cases were diagnosed in Tallinn. Seventeen cases in Harju County were contracted from close contacts. One was brought in from Russia and the others are being clarified.

There are nine 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. The first school outbreak involves six cases. A fourth workplace outbreak include nine cases each, while a fifth workplace outbreak includes six individuals. A second school outbreak includes five cases. A party outbreak was also added this morning which includes seven individuals.

There are 1,521 people being monitored by the Northern Regional Department, of whom 258 are ill.

Eastern region

In the cases added to Ida-Viru County, three cases were caught at a workplace, one at a kindergarten and four from close contacts. The circumstances of the remaining infections are still to be clarified. 

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 Eastern Regional Department is monitoring 690 people, 129 of whom are ill.

Southern region

The new cases in Jõgeva County were close contacts. The infected person in Tartu County became ill through a work contact. The one infected person from Valga County caught the virus from a family member, and the new case added to Valga County has been handed over to the northern regional department, because the person lives in Harju County. There are two outbreaks.

The Southern Regional Department is monitoring 406 people, 56 of whom are ill. 

Western region

The new case added to Pärnu County was a close contact, the circumstances of the other two infections are still being clarified as is the case in Saare County. 

There are 80 people under the surveillance of the Western Regional Department, 20 of whom are ill.

33 people receiving treatment in hospital, one under assisted breathing

As of Monday morning, 32 people are receiving treatment in hospital with one under assisted breathing. There are three patients in intensive care.

There are an estimated 488 cases of the coronavirus active in Estonia, as of Thursday morning.

There were 1,499 tests administered over the last 24 hours. There have been 248,156 tests conducted in total since the start of March, with 4,247 (1.67 percent) total cases of COVID-19 diagnosed.

There were no deaths reported over the last 24 hours. In total, the coronavirus has claimed 71 lives in Estonia since March, according to the Health Board.

The 14-day average infection rate is 36.72 per 100,000 inhabitants.  

For more data visit koroonakaart, which provides detailed data in Estonian, Russian and English.

Health Board: Let's remain vigilant

The spread of coronavirus has remained stable, but let's remain vigilant, the Health Board said in its daily update.

The spread has been stabilised thanks to the responsible, attentive, and careful behaviour of the people of Estonia.

The number of cases which have been brought in from abroad has decreased a touch in the past week, but still remains at around forty cases a week. While forty-four cases were brought in from abroad in the week before last, the same figure for last week was forty. Infected individuals arrived mainly from Russia and Ukraine, followed by the United Kingdom, Austria, Poland, and other European counties.

Last week, 7.6 tests were analysed for every 100,000 people. This number is not sufficiently high to prove that there is currently no concealed spread of the virus in Estonia. The share of positive test results was 2.1 percent.

Üllar Lanno, director-general of the Health Board, said the people of Estonia and the healthcare sector have done a good job in fighting the virus, but its spread is gathering pace elsewhere in the world.

"We must keep in mind the longer perspective and the global view. As the spread of the virus is gathering pace in Europe, we must also remain vigilant," said Lanno, adding that people should only travel if it is unavoidable.

"Each case which is brought in from abroad can create several new cases in Estonia, so anyone who is returning from abroad should keep a close eye on their health."

Furthermore, those individuals who chose to spend the school holidays travelling within Estonia should also be careful, according to Lanno. "You can also catch COVID-19 when travelling around your home country."

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.

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 here


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