A record 241 new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) were diagnosed in Estonia over the last 24 hours, the Health Board (Terviseamet) announced on Friday. The new 14-day infection rate is now 105.8 per 100,000 inhabitants.
According to data from the population registry, 114 new cases of the novel coronavirus were diagnosed in Harju County. 42 cases were found in Ida-Viru County and 35 were diagnosed in Rapla County.
Nine cases went to Pärnu County, five cases were found in Hiiu County and three were found in Lääne-Viru County. Two cases each were diagnosed in Tartu, Võru and Valga counties. The remaining case went to Lääne County.
26 cases did not have any information in the population registry, normally referring to the persons being foreigners.
The two-week average infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants is now 105.8.
42 cases in the Northern region were traced back to contact with a previously infected person. One case was related to travel from Latvia, one case was traced back to an outbreak at a central Rapla care home and one case was traced to Viru Prison.
33 cases were left untraceable and the remaining cases are under further investigation.
The Health Board's Northern Regional Department is monitoring more than 5,400 people, of which 876 are confirmed to have COVID-19. There are 21 active outbreaks in northern Estonia.
Testing at Viru Prison uncovered 66 positive cases with three of them registered in Harju County, three in Lääne-Viru County and 22 in Ida-Viru County. 19 cases did not have any information in the population registry.
Seven of the remaining cases in Ida-Viru County were traced back to infection within family, six were connected to the workplace, four to an outbreak among a sports team and one was traced back to travel from Russia.
The Eastern Regional Department is monitoring more than 1,700 people with 326 of them infected with the novel coronavirus.
Southern and Western regions
The cases in Valga County are under further investigation. One case in Tartu was traced to contact with a previously infected person and the other case is under further investigation.
The Southern arm of the Health Board is currently monitoring 511 people, of which 97 have COVID-19.
One of the five cases in Hiiu County was connected to an outbreak at a family event, three people were infected within family or other acquintances and one of the Hiiu County cases is still under investigation.
Three cases in Pärnu were also traced back to the aforementioned family event outbreak. Two cases in Pärnu were traced back to infection within family. The remaining cases are under investigation.
The Western Regional Department is monitoring 386 people, of which 78 are diagnosed with COVID-19. There are two active outbreaks in Western Estonia, both of them family events in Hiiu County.
52 people receiving treatment in hospital, four under assisted breathing
As of Friday morning, 52 people are receiving treatment in hospital with four under assisted breathing. There are four patients in intensive care.
There are estimated to be 1,406 active cases of the novel coronavirus in Estonia, according to koroonakaart data.
There were 2,427 tests administered over the last 24 hours. There have been 273,669 tests conducted in total since the start of March, with 5,705 (2.1 percent) total cases of COVID-19 diagnosed.
4,103 people are considered to have recovered from the novel coronavirus in Estonia with 1,123 (27.4 percent) at least 28 days removed from their last positive test. 2,980 of the total recoveries are closed cases but have not yet had 28 days since their last positive test.
There were no deaths reported over the last 24 hours. In total, the coronavirus has claimed 73 lives in Estonia since March, according to the Health Board.
The 14-day average infection rate is 105.8 per 100,000 inhabitants.
For more data visit koroonakaart, which offers detailed data in Estonian, English and Russian.
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's note: This article was updated with regional data from the Health Board.
Editor: Kristjan Kallaste