Coronavirus round-up: May 25-31

A social distancing sign at a playground in Pärnu.
A social distancing sign at a playground in Pärnu. Source: ERR/ Helen Wright

Last week, the number of new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnosed in Estonia stood at 46, an increase of five compared with the previous week. The number of deaths also increased, and patients continued to be released from hospital.

ERR News has rounded up the most important news and data about the coronavirus from the last week and put it in one place. We've also gone through the data and showed how the COVID-19 disease is spreading each week, rather than day-by-day.

This round-up is released every Monday, because the results for Sunday of the previous week are released on Monday morning, which makes it possible only to analyse the previous week's results after the data has been reported.

You can find the following graphs below:

  • New cases by day for May 25-31;
  • The total number of new cases diagnosed by week;
  • New cases by county by week;
  • New cases compared with deaths and hospital releases;
  • Total number of positive and negative tests by week;
  • Deaths by age group;
  • Deaths by county.

The data has been taken from the Health Board (Terviseamet), and we downloaded it from, which shows the data released each day.

Our Coronavirus in Estonia: All you need to know guide also provides an overview of total cases by county, the daily rate of new cases, and includes a breakdown of all the restrictions so far. We update this page daily.

In the graphs below you can add or take away data from the graphs by clicking the coloured dots below. The data points are (mostly) dated with each Monday's date.


New cases by week: Last week the total number of diagnosed cases of COVID-19 was 46. This is an increase of five from the previous week. The total number of new cases per week has been in the 40s for the last three weeks.

New cases by day for May 25-31: For most of May, the number of new cases diagnosed each day has been below eight. Last week on May 25 and 27, the number announced by the Health Board was 10 or more. For the other five days cases were eight or below.

The highest number was 11 on May 27 and the lowest figure was one, recorded on May 31.

Three patients died after contracting coronavirus this week, pushing the total number of deaths related to COVID-19 in Estonia to 68 since the pandemic began.

New cases by county: Last week, the majority of new cases were diagnosed in Harju, Pärnu and Ida-Viru counties.

Harju County had 29 new cases, which is a small increase from 27 the week before. Cases were almost evenly split between Tallinn - 15 cases - and the rest of the county - 14.

Ida-Viru county recorded five new cases, an increase from two the week before. Pärnu country reported four new cases, which is a decrease from seven the previous week.

Võru and Saare counties both had one new case each. Tartu county recorded no new cases.

New cases were also found in Jõgeva (2), Lääne (1), Rapla (1) and Viljandi (1) county. One case had no data in the population register.

New cases compared with deaths and hospital releases: Deaths and new cases both increased last week. Hospital releases slowed from 28 the previous week to 17 last week.

The Health Board said this week the number of patients breathing with the aid of a ventilator had fallen to zero.

​Positive and negative tests by week: The total number of tests was 7,530 which is the highest for three weeks.


By gender and age: Last week three people died, two women and one man. The women were both in their 80s and died while receiving treatment at Pärnu Hospital. One was 80 and the other 83. The man died at Tallinn's North Estonia Medical Center and was 66 years old.

The total number of deaths in Estonia due to coronavirus is 68. Of these, 32 have been men and 36 women, the Health Board confirmed ERR on Monday morning (link in Estonian).

By County: Two deaths were added to Pärnu County and one to Harju County. Only the hospital which the deceased passed away in were given, rather than information from the population register about where they lived previously.

Coronavirus in Estonia: Highlights May 25-31

  • Ratas: Next time we will not close Estonia, but we will isolate the virus
  • From June 1, many restrictions have been lifted, find ERR New's round-up here
  • Rules for birthing partners to attend births have been changed, find ERR New's breakdown here.
  • Kadai: Shame and stigma have been concerns during covid crisis
  • You can now travel to Estonia from more than 20 countries without undergoing a 14-day quarantine on arrival
  • Tallinn Airport urges passengers to follow anti-coronavirus rules
  • Government endorses extension of wage compensation measure
  • Third country students may be barred entry to Estonia come autumn 
  • GDP fell by 0.7 percent in first quarter of 2020
  • Prime Minister: We are working on agricultural labor shortage issues

Note to readers

This is the first time any of us at ERR News have covered a crisis of this scale before. It's a learning curve for all of us. If we've made any mistakes let us know. Feedback is welcome, as are suggestions for data we can show or stories we can tell. Email: [email protected]


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Editor: Helen Wright

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