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COVID-19 blog, 18 August: eight new positive test results have been added in the last 24 hours 

The last 24 hours have seen a total of 1,278 initial tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, with eight new positive test results being added. 

Based on the data in the population register, four positive test results came from Harju County (all of which were from Tallinn), one from Tartu County (from the city of Tartu), and three from Ida-Viru County.  

Two of those new coronavirus cases which come from Ida-Viru County are close contacts of a person who had already previously tested positive. In one case the origin of the infection is still being investigated. In one of the cases from Tallinn, the disease was brought in from Russia, while the circumstances surrounding the remaining individuals who have been infected are still being investigated. The case from Tartu involves an employee of the Tartu University Hospital, while the origin of the remaining infection is for the moment unknown. 

The Health Board is currently actively monitoring 329 individuals in the southern region, 86 individuals in the eastern region, and 146 individuals in the northern region. 

As of the morning of 18 August, six people in Estonia are being treated in hospital due to coronavirus, with no patients on a ventilator. No new patients were discharged from hospitals and no new COVID-19 cases were opened. There have been no new deaths in the past 24 hours. Coronavirus has claimed the lives of a total of 63 people in Estonia. As of today, hospitals have closed a total of 400 cases relating to COVID-19 which involved 387 people. 

A total of 1,990 people have recovered from COVID-19 by today. The cases of 1,518 people have been closed (76.3% of the total) and, in the case of 472 people (23.7%), more than 28 days have passed since they tested positive and the individuals concerned are not being treated in hospital, meaning that they are awaiting confirmation of their recovery. 

The number of cases for every 100,000 people in the last fourteen days is 8.3. 

More than 136,000 initial tests have been analysed in Estonia, of which 2,200 or 1.6% of the total have been positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Detailed statistical data from the coronavirus tests is available at

How can the spread of coronavirus be stopped?

  • The most efficient measure which can be applied to avoid being infected is keeping one’s distance.
  • In crowded places and especially indoors where it is not possible to maintain the required distance from other people, it is advisable to wear a mask.
  • Closed, crowded spaces should be avoided if possible.
  • The rules governing hand hygiene must be observed: hands must be washed frequently.
  • Hands should be washed in soap and warm water. Alcohol-based hand sanitation products should be used in public places.
  • When you sneeze or cough, please cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue. Immediately safely dispose of the used tissue and clean your hands. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (or part of your forearm), not your bare hand, to cover your mouth and nose.
  • Anyone who becomes ill should stay at home, even if their symptoms are mild.
  • People who develop any symptoms should suspect that they have coronavirus and contact their family physician. 

COVID-19 is a droplet infection which is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus spreading from one person to another as a result of sneezing and coughing or via contaminated surfaces and unwashed hands. 

Further information about COVID-19 can be found on the Health Board website and on its Facebook page. 

Travel information

Based on the coronavirus infection rate, as of 17 August any individuals who travel to Estonia from the following countries will be subject to a two-week restriction on their freedom of movement: Luxembourg, Spain, Romania, Andorra, Malta, Monaco, Belgium, San Marino, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Sweden, France, Iceland, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Portugal, Denmark, Poland, Croatia, Cyprus, Austria, Greece, and Ireland.

As of next week, the restriction on freedom of movement will not be applied to individuals who travel to Estonia from the United Kingdom, Slovenia, Germany, Liechtenstein, Italy, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, Norway, Hungary, Finland, and Vatican City.

Further information about foreign countries and restrictions on freedom of movement which are applicable to those people who arrive from listed countries can be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website:

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