Coronavirus round-up: August 17-23

Last week, the total number of new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnosed in Estonia was 83, more than double the previous week's total of 35 and there was one death. The majority of cases are related to an outbreak in Ida-Viru County while cases in Tartu County related to a cluster of bars have fallen for the second week in a row.

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 17-23;
  • 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.


New cases by week: Last week 83 new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed across Estonia. As mentioned above a new outbreak has occurred in Ida-Viru County while cases in Tartu have fallen. There have not been more than 80 new cases in a single week since April.

There was one death - which is the first since the start of June. A 76-year-old woman with underlying health issues died in Ida-Viru County on Sunday (link in Estonian).

The Ida-Viru County cluster is related to Jõhrvi Kelder bar in the town of Jõhvi and spread to a nearby mine, which has since been closed to contain the outbreak. More than 30 new cases are related to these two locations. Nine people who visited the bar have tested positive for coronavirus as have six of their family members. Two of the nine are employed at the mine, and 13 workers have so far been confirmed as having COVID-19.

A ban on selling alcohol between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. has been rolled out across the county to contain the spread of the virus.

A similar ban was launched in Tartu and was extended for another week on Friday. New cases in Tartu have dropped significantly, the PPA and Health Board said, but new diagnosis are still occurring.  

Every tenth patient does not know the source of their infection, the Health Board said on Sunday. But this is not a problem until half of those with new cases do not know the source.

As of Monday, there are estimated to be 118 active cases and the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 is 8.82.

New cases by day for August 17-23:  There were seven or more new cases each day last week, with three days' totals being above 15. The highest number of recorded cases on a single day was 21 on August 21 and the lowest was three on both August 23.

There were less than nine new cases each day the previous week. There was one death on Sunday.

New cases by county: Ida-Viru County had the highest number of newly recorded cases last week at 41 - jumping from three the week before.

Harju County - which includes Tallinn - had the second highest number of new cases ay 27, an increase from 12 the previous week.

Tartu County's cases fell from 11 to eight. One case each was also found in Pärnu and Jõgeva counties and two in Võru County. Several cases had no data in the population register.

New cases, deaths and hospital releases: There were 83 new cases, one death and two people were released from hospital.

Twelve patients are currently being treated in hospital and none are breathing with the aid of ventilators. Last Monday (August 17) six people were being treated in hospital.

Positive and negative tests by week: More than 6,000 tests were carried out last week, which has been a trend for the last three weeks. This increase is presumably caused by the outbreaks in Tartu and Ida-Viru County. In total 6,133 were carried out and of those 6,050 were negative and 83 positive.

Testing last week was lower than the week before (August 10) by approximately 1,000 tests but roughly the same as the week before that (starting August 3).  


Deaths by age and gender: There was one death last week of a 76-year-old woman, so the total number of deaths related to coronavirus in Estonia rises to 64. The last death before Sunday due to coronavirus was at the start of June.

The data shows 30 men and 34 women have died. The majority of deaths have still occurred among people over 70 years old.

By county: One death has been added to Ida-Viru County.

Coronavirus in Estonia highlights: August 17-23

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 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

Feedback is welcome, as are suggestions for data we can show or stories we can tell. Email: [email protected]


Download the ERR News app for Android and iOS now and never miss an update!

Editor: Helen Wright

Hea lugeja, näeme et kasutate vanemat brauseri versiooni või vähelevinud brauserit.

Parema ja terviklikuma kasutajakogemuse tagamiseks soovitame alla laadida uusim versioon mõnest meie toetatud brauserist: