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

Data from the Health Board suggests 305 tests for COVID-19 came back positive in the last 24 hours. The 14-day case rate per 100,000 people is now at 258.77.

A total of 5,437 tests were carried out in the last day of which 305 or 5.6 percent came back positive. There were no deaths relating to coronavirus reported in the past 24 hours.

Hospitals are treating 119 COVID-19 patients eight of whom are on assisted breathing.

According to population register data, 130 of the new cases were registered in Harju County, 83 in Ida-Viru County and 32 in Tartu County.

13 of the people who tested positive for the virus had no registered place of residence in the Estonian population register.

One new case each was registered in Saaremaa and Hiiumaa islands, 11 in Pärnu County, five each in Lääne-Viru and Rapla counties, three each in Jõgeva and Põlva counties, four in Järva County, eight in Valga County and two each in Viljandi, Lääne and Võru counties.

Regional breakdown

The Health Board is separated into four districts by the points of the compass.

Northern region

Altogether 97 of the 130 new cases in Harju County were registered in Tallinn. Four cases in Harju, Järva and Rapla counties were caused by contact with a person who had tested positive for the virus earlier. The circumstances of the remaining cases are being clarified.

According to updated information about the new cases diagnosed in the northern region in November 18-20, in 182 cases the cause of getting infected was contact with a person who had tested positive for the virus earlier and in 108 cases the source of infection is unknown. In six cases the infection had been brought into Estonia from other countries - in two cases from Russia and in one case each from Sweden, Poland and Finland. The circumstances of the remaining cases are being clarified.

The northern regional department of the Health Board is monitoring over 14,700 people, of whom 1,878 have fallen ill.

The northern regional department is monitoring 27 active outbreaks, including seven outbreaks at workplaces, five school outbreaks, one kindergarten outbreak, two event-related outbreaks and eight outbreaks related to groups of acquaintances. There are also two care center outbreaks, a hospital outbreak and an outbreak at Tallinn Prison

Eastern region

In 21 of the new cases registered in Ida-Viru and Lääne-Viru counties, the virus was caught at work, in 19 cases from a family member, in 18 cases at a care home, in 10 cases in the defense forces, in five cases during hobby activity. In four cases, the infection was contracted at school and in four cases from an acquaintance. One case was brought in from Russia and the circumstances of the remaining cases are being clarified.

Updated data saw one case in the eastern regional department of the Health Board handed over to the northern regional department on Friday due to the person residing in Tallinn. One case was brought in from Russia and one case from Sweden. In one case, the virus was caught from a family member, in one case at a care home and in one case at a workplace. 

There are 14 active outbreaks in the eastern region, including four school outbreaks: two in Sillamäe, one in Kohtla-Järve and one in Jõhvi. There are two kindergarten outbreaks: one in Narva and one in Kohtla-Järve . Outbreaks at a workplace number five: one in Narva, one in Narva-Joesuu, one in Sillamäe, one in Jõhvi and one in Tapa. The Kohtla-Järve healthcare institution outbreak involves 56 people, the Viru Prison outbreak 250 people and the Narva ice hockey outbreak 71 people.

The eastern regional department of the Health Board is monitoring over 4,900 people, of whom 841 have fallen ill.

Southern region

In seven new cases registered in Tartu County, the virus was caught from a family member, and in seven cases the source of infection ins unknown. In three cases, the virus was contracted in an educational institution, in three cases from an acquaintance and in one case within a circle of friends. The circumstances of the remaining cases are being clarified.

In one of the two new cases in Viljandi County, the virus was transmitted within a family and in the second case the source of infection is unknown.

One case in Põlva County saw the virus contracted from a family member, in one case the source of infection is unknown and in one case the virus was brought in from abroad. In two cases in Valga County, the infection was caught from an acquaintance, in one case at the workplace and the source of infection is unknown in one case.

In one case in Võru County, the virus was transmitted in a group of friends, and in one case brought in from abroad. The source of infection is unknown in one case in Jõgeva County.

The regional department of the Health Board for southern Estonia currently is monitoring over 3,700 people, of whom 367 have fallen ill. The latter figure also includes cases monitored by the northern regional department. There are seven active outbreaks in the region involving 37 cases in a care home, 11 in an outbreak at a workplace, 17 in a hobby-related outbreak, eight, five and eight cases in three outbreaks at educational establishments, and 14 in an outbreak at an entertainment enterprise.

In four cases registered in Pärnu County, the people contracted the virus from a family member, in one case from an acquaintance and in one case the source of infection is unknown. The circumstances of the remaining cases are being clarified.

Western region

In one case in Hiiumaa, the virus was caught from a family member. The source of infection is unknown in one new case in Saaremaa. One case in Lääne County saw the virus transmitted between acquaintances and the circumstances of one case are being clarified.

The regional department of the Health Board for western Estonia currently is monitoring over 1,000 people, of whom 158 have fallen ill. The department is monitoring two outbreaks in Hiiumaa with 12 cases originating at a family event and six cases in which the virus was caught from a family member. A school outbreak is being monitored in Pärnu County involving 11 cases and a care home outbreak with 16 cases.

A company outbreak involving six cases is being monitored in Lääne County.

A total of 434,644 primary coronavirus tests have been conducted in Estonia, the Health Board says, with 9,375 of these returning positive (a 2.2 percent positive rate).

There are an estimated 3,439 active cases in the country at present, and there have been 87 deaths relating to COVID-19.

For more detailed information visit the Koroonakaart website here.

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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