Coronavirus round-up: July 27-August 2

A social distancing sign outside Tartu railway station which translates as
A social distancing sign outside Tartu railway station which translates as "I'll love you from afar". Source: Helen Wright / ERR

Last week, the number of new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnosed in Estonia was 46 compared to 13 the week before. The majority of the cases were linked to an outbreak in Tartu.

ERR News has rounded up the most important news and data about the coronavirus from the last week and put it in one place.

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

You can find the following graphs below:

  • New cases by day for July 27 - August 2;
  • 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 koroonakaart, which shows the data released each day in English, Russian and Estonian.

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 colored dots below. The data points are (mostly) dated with each Monday's date.


New cases by week: Last week there was a big rise in the number of cases diagnosed. The total figure jumped from 13 the week before to 46. The last time more than 45 cases were diagnosed in a single week was at the end of May.

The majority of new cases have come from an outbreak in Tartu after a person with symptoms of coronavirus, including a fever, disobeyed social distancing rules to stay home when sick. They went to a spa in Ida-Viru County and shops in Tartu. They went to the cinema in Tartu after taking a covid test, rather than waiting at home for the results. The person also visited Vabank nightclub in Tartu which spread the infection to several other people, who have now passed the virus on to others.

On Sunday (August 2), the Health Board said the outbreak in Tartu can be traced to people who have entered Estonia from abroad and not followed the 14-day self-isolation requirement. 

On Monday (August 3), the Health Board said 29 people have now become infected due to the Vabank incident and 162 people are being monitored. The Health Board and Tartu City Government have called on people to behave responsibly.

A party in Tartu's Naiiv night club on July 24 is also being monitored with the Health Board warning everyone who was present on that date to monitor their health and call a doctor if any symptoms develop.

On Wednesday (July 29), the Health Board said the average infection rate of the past two weeks in Estonia was 1.2 per 100,000 inhabitants. It seems likely this has now increased.

There are thought to be approximately 59 active cases across Estonia.

New cases by day for July 27 - August 2: Last week more than five new cases of coronavirus were reported on five out of seven days. The highest was 13 on July 30. The last time 13 or more cases were diagnosed on a single day was June 5 - almost two months ago - when 21 new cases were reported. The lowest was on Sunday, August 2 with only one case.

No deaths were reported this week and the last covid-related death was at the start of June. The Health Board has also revised the number of deaths related to the disease, which is discussed below.

New cases by county: Click the colored dots below the graph to add and remove data from the graph.

Last week, Tartu County recorded its highest number of new cases since the start of the coronavirus crisis in March. The total number was 24. The last time Tartu had more than 20 new cases in a single week was the week starting March 23 when 23 cases were reported.

The data on the graph below shows that, until now, since the week starting May 18 there have only been one or zero new cases diagnosed in Tartu County each week. That increased to two on the week starting July 20 and jumped to 24 last week.

Harju County - which includes Tallinn - also saw an increase in infections from 0 the week before to 10 last week. Some of these cases were linked to the Tartu outbreak.

Ida-Viru County recorded nine new cases last week compared to three the week before. As with Harju County, some of these cases were linked to the Tartu outbreak.

One case was recorded in Jarva County, which has recorded 13 cases of coronavirus in total since March. Several cases were diagnosed in people with no information in the population register.

New cases, deaths and hospital releases: There were no deaths last week and no one was released from hospital.

Two people have been admitted to hospital taking the total number of those receiving treatment to five. The Health Board has said no one is using a ventilator.

As mentioned above there were 46 new cases.

Positive and negative tests by week: More than 3,000 tests were carried out last week for the first time since the end of June. There were 3,311 negative tests and 46 positives. Testing has increased slightly in recent weeks.


On August 1, the Health Board announced it had recalculated the number of deaths from 69 to 63. Preliminary data from the cause of deaths register administered by the National Institute for Health Development (TAI) has said in the first half of 2020, there were 63 deaths where COVID-19 was the root cause.

There have been no suspected corona-related deaths since June 2.

Deaths by age and gender: ERR News does not have the newest data related to deaths by age and gender. Hopefully, we will be able to publish it next week.

According to the old data, 32 men and 37 women have died due to COVID-19. The majority of deaths have been in people between 70-89 years old.

The graphs below show data valid until July 31.

By county: As above, we do not have the new data about where people have died. However, it seems likely the highest number of deaths have still been in Saare County.

Coronavirus in Estonia highlights: July 27-August 2:

The Health Board is releasing press releases on days where there are five or more new cases, which can be seen here in English. ERR News will publish the figures every day whatever the number of cases.

Previous round-ups can be seen here or by clicking the "coronavirus round-up" keyword at the bottom of this article.

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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