Coronavirus round-up: August 10-16 ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

A sign at the Port of Tallinn reading:
A sign at the Port of Tallinn reading: "Everything is the same as before. Only with a little more space." Source: Siim Lõvi /ERR

Last week, the number of new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnosed in Estonia was 35 - a fall of more than 50 percent compared with the week before. Cases have declined in Tartu and testing has increased.

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:

  • The total number of new cases diagnosed by week;
  • New cases by day for August 10-16;
  • 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 publishes 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.

Overview

New cases by week: Last week there were a total of 35 new cases of coronavirus diagnosed across Estonia. This is a significant fall from the previous week when 78 people were diagnosed with the disease, mostly in Tartu.

Several new cases are still connected to the outbreak in Tartu, which started at the end of July after a person went to a nightclub with COVID-19 symptoms, but others have unknown sources of infection.

The infections are still spreading between close contacts, several was diagnosed in people who had entered the country from Ukraine and France.

Having a weekly total in the 30s is still higher than most of weeks for the last two months, but it is the lowest number since the Tartu outbreak began.

As of Monday, there are estimated to be 111 active cases in Estonia. The infection rate - an average of the last two weeks - is 8.4. per 100,000 people, the Health Board said on Monday. It is likely this will drop in the coming weeks.

New cases by day for August 10-16: All days saw fewer than 10 new cases diagnosed last week, compared to the week before where most days were over 10. The highest was nine and the lowest was zero. This was the first day with no new cases for several weeks.

There were no deaths related to coronavirus in Estonia.

New cases by county: New cases dropped in Tartu County by more than two-thirds. Last week there were 11 new cases in the country compared to 37 the week before.

Harju County, which includes Tallinn, has seen a small increase from eight to 12. Ida-Viru County's cases declined from three to two. Põlva County also had two cases.

Jõgeva, Pärnu, Valga, Saare and Võru counties all recorded one new case each, and the remaining cases were diagnosed in people without information in the population register.

Click the colored dots below the graph to add and remove data from the graph.

New cases, deaths and hospital releases: There were 35 new cases and no deaths last week. Four people were released from hospital. This is one more than the week before, but in keeping with the weekly totals for the last couple of months.

Six people are being treated in hospital, as of Monday, and 400 people have been discharged.

Click the colored dots below the graph to add and remove data from the graph.

Positive and negative tests by week: More than 8,000 tests were carried out last week which is the highest number since May. In total, 8,152 tests were analyzed across the country.

Deaths 

Deaths by age and gender: There were no deaths last week, so the figures stay the same. The last death due to coronavirus was at the start of June.

The data shows 30 men and 33 women have died. The majority of deaths have still occurred among people over 70 years old.

By county: There were no deaths last week, so the figures stay the same. The last death due to coronavirus was at the start of June.

Coronavirus in Estonia highlights: August 10-16 

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

Advice from the Health Board about how to stop the spread of COVID-19 is below:

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.

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: helen.wright@err.ee

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Editor: Helen Wright

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