Health Board: 476 new coronavirus cases diagnosed, five deaths

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A woman wearing a mask on a tram in Tallinn. Picture is illustrative. Source: Priit Mürk/ERR

Five people infected with coronavirus died and 476 new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in the last 24 hours, the Health Board said on Friday.

Five new coronavirus deaths were registered within the past 24 hours, involving an 88 year-old woman, a 78 year-old man, a 77 year-old man, a 66 year-old woman, and a 55 year-old man. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of 316 people in Estonia in total.

253 of the new cases were reported in Harju County with 214 in Tallinn.

163 new cases were recorded in Ida-Viru County, 28 in Tartu County, 27 in Pärnu County, 17 in Võru County, 16 in Lääne-Viru County, 15 in Järva County, 12 in Valga County, and 10 new cases in Viljandi County.

There were seven new cases in Lääne County, five in Jõgeva County, four in Põlva County, three each in Rapla and Hiiu County and two in Saare County. Eight cases had no information in the population register.

In total, 4,295 tests were analyzed and the positive share was 11.1 percent. The 14-day infection rate is 578.64 per 100,000 inhabitants.

As of the morning of January 15, hospital treatment is being supplied to 385 patients who have COVID-19. Forty-four of those patients require intensive care, with 27 patients on a ventilator.

Thirty-four new COVID-19 cases were opened in total. Eighteen patients were discharged from hospital, 11 individuals were transferred to a non-COVID-19 unit, and a further four patients were transferred to other hospitals.

As of Friday morning, 16,677 have received the first dose of a vaccination against COVID-19 in Estonia.

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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