Health Board: 544 new coronavirus cases in past 24 hours, two deaths

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

544 new coronavirus cases have been found in the past 24 hours, the Health Board (Terviseamet) says. Two deaths were reported.

Harju County saw the largest number of new figures at 353, 286 of whom were in Tallinn.

Ida-Viru County new cases stood at 73, with 25 emerging in Tartu County.

Twenty new cases were recorded in Võru County, 15 in Pärnu and Lääne-Viru counties, 13 in Rapla County, five were added to Viljandi County's tally, four on Hiiumaa and three each were recorded in Jõgeva and Lääne counties. Two new cases were found in Põlva and Valga counties.

Eleven more new cases had no place of residence associated with the individual, in the population registry.

Estonia's 14-day coronavirus rate per 100,000 inhabitants now stands at 424.91, up fro 414.98 the preceding day.

Two people who had contracted coronavirus died in the past 24 hours, a 79-year-old man and a 94-year-old woman, the Health Board says, bringing the total number of deaths to 141.

A total of 5,743 tests have been performed in the past 24 hours, giving a 9.5 percent positive rate.

Health Board monitoring a total of 26,800 people

The Health Board is monitoring a total of 26,800 people for coronavirus, primarily in the northern and eastern regions.

The northern region is monitoring 15,500 people, of whom 2,645 are sick (i.e. have contracted COVID-19).

The eastern region is monitoring 6,300, with 1,440 of these being sick.

The figures for the southern and western regions are 4,100/731 and 970/190 respectively.

Hospitalizations, testing and recoveries

254 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, 10 fewer than on Wednesday.

14 people are on ventilators.

17 people have been sent home in the past 24 hours, three patients have been transferred to a non-coronavirus ward, and three have been moved to another hospital, the board says.

14 new COVID-19 cases have been opened.

The board says 943 coronavirus cases have been wrapped up in 923 individuals (some people have more than one case file appended to them, hence the discrepancy). 

A total of 9,948 people have recovered from coronavirus. Of these, 7,615 (76.5 percent) have had their case file concluded by a health professional, while 2,333 (23.5 percent) meet the triple criteria of not testing positive for COVID-19 in the preceding 28 days, not being hospitalized due to the virus and not awaiting a case file closure.

More detailed information is available from the koroonakaart site 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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