Health Board: 1,570 coronavirus cases diagnosed, nine deaths

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1,570 cases of coronavirus were diagnosed in the last 24 hours, the Health Board (Terviseamet) said on Saturday. This is a new record number and the fourth day this week with more than 1,000 new cases.

There were 840 new cases in Harju County and 578 of those were in Tallinn.

221 cases were reported in Ida-Viru County, 105 in Saare County, 80 in Lääne-Viru County, 76 each in Tartu and Pärnu counties, 31 in Rapla County, and 26 in Viljandi County.

Nineteen cases were diagnosed in Võru County, 18 each in Järva and Valga counties, 14 in Jõgeva County, 12 in Lääne County, eight in Hiiu County and seven in Põlva County. There were 19 cases with no information in the population register.

In total, 9,451 tests were analyzed giving a positive share of 16.6 percent. The 14-day infection rate is 948.78 per 100,000 inhabitants. 

Nine new coronavirus deaths were registered within the past 24 hours, involving a 70-year-old man, a 72-year-old woman, a 73-year-old man, a 74-year-old man, a 75-year-old man, an 83-year-old man, an 84-year-old woman, a 92-year-old woman, and a 93-year-old woman. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of 584 people in Estonia in total.

As of Saturday morning, 503 patients are being treated in hospital and 79 new cases were opened during the last day.

So far, 77,536 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered and 33,503 were second doses.

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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Editor: Helen Wright

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