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COVID-19 blog, 21 August: seventeen new positive test results have been added in the past 24 hours 

The last 24 hours have seen a total of 896 initial tests being analysed in Estonia in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which causes COVID-19, with seventeen new positive test results being added. 

Based on the data in the population register, three positive test results came from Harju County (two of which were from Tallinn), one from Tartu County (from the city of Tartu), one from Võru County, one from Pärnu County, nine from Ida-Viru County and, in the case of two individuals who tested positive, a place of residence was not registered in the population register. 

In one of the Harju County cases, the individual was infected within the family circle. The circumstances surrounding the remaining two cases are still being investigated. As of this morning, the Health Board is actively monitoring 217 people in the northern region. 

Those new cases which were added from Tartu County and from Võru County were close contacts of individuals who had already tested positive. As of this morning, there are four active outbreaks in Tartu County: an outbreak within the family circle involving five persons who have fallen ill; the Vabank outbreak with 37 infected individuals; the Naiiv outbreak with 21 infected individuals; and the Shooters outbreak with twenty infected individuals. There are currently 222 people who are under active monitoring in the southern region. 

In one of the nine case from Ida-Viru County, the disease was brought in from Italy. In five cases, the individuals were infected at their place of work (the Estonia Mine). In one case, in the Jõhvi Kelder pub, and in one other case, infection came from within the family circle. The circumstances surrounding another single case are still being investigated. The Jõhvi Kelder outbreak currently includes twenty people. The eastern regional department is actively monitoring 175 individuals. 

In the Pärnu County case, the infection was brought in from France. The western regional department is actively monitoring thirteen people. 

As of the morning of 21 August, ten people in Estonia are being treated in hospital due to coronavirus, with no patients on a ventilator. No new patients were discharged from hospital. One new COVID-19 case was 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 2,011 people have recovered from COVID-19 by today. The cases of 1,531 people have been closed (76.1% of the total) and, in the case of 480 people (23.9%), 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 8.4. 

More than 139,000 initial tests have been analysed in Estonia, of which 2,244 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

Download the HOIA mobile app from Google Play or App Store which will inform you if you have come into close contact with an individual who has coronavirus. The app also allows you to anonymously notify other users if you have fallen ill yourself. Codes are being exchanged anonymously between the phones of people who use the app, while the government, the app’s developer, and the manufacturer of your phone will not be notified of those with whom you have come into close contact. Further information is available here: 

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.

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