Health Board: 18 new coronavirus cases diagnosed

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A social distancing sign at Pärnu beach. Source: ERR/ Helen Wright

Eighteen new coronavirus cases were diagnosed during the last day, the Health Board (Terviseamet) said on Thursday.

In total, 1,920 tests were analyzed giving a positive share of 0.9 percent. The 14-day infection rate has fallen to 40.18 per 100,000 inhabitants.

There were eight new cases in Harju County, two in Ida-Viru County and one each in Jõgeva, Lääne, Lääne-Viru, Tartu and Viljandi counties. Three cases had no information in the population register.

Forty-two patients are being treated in hospitals and three new cases were opened during the last day. The average age of a patient is 66.

126 vaccinations were administered on Wednesday, which was a national holiday. In total 548,967 people have been vaccinated and 409,571 people have completed the vaccination cycle.

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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