Health Board: 1,250 new COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours, 11 deaths

Coronavirus testing point signage.
Coronavirus testing point signage. Source: Ken Mürk/ERR

A total of 1,250 coronavirus cases have been found in Estonia in the past 24 hours, the Health Board (Terviseamet) reports. Eleven people who had contracted COVID-19 died during that time.

Estonia's new 14-day coronavirus rate per 100,000 people is 1,531.1, while 19.8 percent of primary coronavirus tests conducted during that time returned positive.

Regional breakdown

All 15 counties posted new coronavirus cases; data is compiled based on individuals' official place of residence recorded in the population registry.

Harju County, the most populous county, posted 767 new cases, with 580 of these coming in Tallinn.

Ida-Viru County, one of the worst-affected regions of the country posted 107 cases, while Lääne-Viru County, sandwiched between Harju and Ida-Viru counties, recorded 87 new cases.

Tartu County posted 49 cases, Viljandi County 33, Saaremaa 32, Rapla and Jõgeva counties 23 apiece, and Lääne County 17.

Valga County saw 13 new coronavirus cases, Pärnu County 12 and Võru County 11.

The remaining three counties reported single-figure coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, eight for Põlva County, four for Hiiumaa and two in Järva County.

Sixty-two cases came in individuals with no place of residence associated with them in the population register.

Testing, hospitalizations, recovery rates

7,031 primary COVID-19 tests were conducted and analyzed over the past 24 hours, with 1,250 of these (17.7 percent) returning positive.

Eleven people who had been suffering from COVID-19 died in the past 24 hours – six women, aged 82, 90 and 91 (two of each) and five men, aged 59, 61, 78, 80 and 82. This brings the total number of people who had contracted COVID-19 and who have died to 780.

656 people are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19.

A total of 90 coronavirus case files were opened in hospitals in the past 24 hours, while 82 people previously hospitalized were sent home, and 26 individuals were transferred to a non-coronavirus ward.

Seventy-two of these individuals are in intensive care, down from 69 the day before; 50 of these are on ventilators (up from 48 the previous day).

As of the present moment, hospitals have closed 4,825 coronavirus case files in 4,650 people (some people have more than one COVID-19 case file appended to them, hence the discrepancy – ed.).

67,498 people have recovered from COVID-19 since the pandemic began. OF these, 71.1 percent (47,965 people) had their case file wrapped up by a health care professional, while 28.9 percent (19,533 people) met the triple criteria of not having tested positive for coronavirus in the past 28 days, not being hospitalized due to the virus and not awaiting closure of a COVID-19 case file.

Since the pandemic began, 1,078,585 primary coronavirus tests have been conducted in Estonia, with 94,028 of these (8.7 percent) returning positive.

There are an estimated 20,348 active coronavirus cases in Estonia at present.

More detailed information is available on the koroonakaart site here.

Vaccinations

8,634 coronavirus vaccines were administered over the same period, with the bulk of these (6,460) being first injections (of two).

A total of 163,936 people have received coronavirus vaccines from all suppliers in Estonia, 56,946 of these getting their second shot, i.e. completing the course.

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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