Coronavirus round-up: August 24-30

Social distancing signs at Narva train station
Social distancing signs at Narva train station Source: Helen Wright / ERR

Last week, the total number of new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnosed in Estonia was 100, increasing from 83 the week before.

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 24-30;
  • 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 100 new cases were diagnosed across Estonia, an increase from 83 the week before. There were no deaths, a decrease from one the week before. The last time 100 or more cases were diagnosed in a single week was at the end of April.

The majority of new cases were diagnosed in Ida-Viru County and stem from a cluster of outbreaks which started in Jõhvi Kelder bar in the town of Jõhvi and spread to two workers in two nearby mines. In total, 54 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus.

The Tax and Customs office and Road Administration office have been closed in Jõhvi after workers fell ill. Five teachers were also confirmed to have the virus at a school in the town. A kindergarten and sports center in Kohtla-Järve have also been closed after employees were diagnosed with COVID-19.

On Sunday, the Health Board said one of the new cases recorded concerns an Ida-Viru County prison guard.

Another case is part of a new outbreak which is centered around a close contact of a person who traveled from the UK to Estonia to visit relatives. Six people have been diagnosed as covid-positive among close contacts so far.

A committee has been set up in Ida- and Lääne Viru counties to stop the virus spreading further.

The Health Board's northern regional department is also monitoring a six-person outbreak in Harju County. The outbreak started at a club in Tallinn's Ülemiste City on August 21 where a person who had recently returned from Spain was among the visitors. They tested positive for COVID-19 on August 22. 

In total, the Health Board is currently monitoring over 1,200 people. The northern regional department is monitoring over 400 close contacts and 70 cases of COVID-19. The eastern department is monitoring around 700 people, 96 of whom have been diagnosed. The board's southern and western arms are keeping an eye on over 80 close contacts and 18 patients.

The cluster of outbreaks which lead to an increase in Tartu earlier this month has petered out and only one case was diagnosed in the county last week.

However, a ban on the sale of alcohol between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. is still in force and has been extended to three surrounding countries: Valga, Põlva and Võru. The ban is also in place in Ida-Viru County.

As of Monday, there are estimated to be 183 active cases and the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 is 13.7.

New cases by day for August 24-30: Every day last week recorded more than 10 new positive tests. Four days were over 16. The lowest day was August 30 with two and the highest was August 28 with 20 new positive tests reported across the country.

New cases by county: The majority of new tests found were in Ida-Viru County at 54, an increase from 41 the week before.

Harju County reported the second-highest number of cases with 37, which rose from 27 the week before.

As mentioned above, one new case was found in Tartu which was a drop from eight the week before.

No cases were recorded in Saare County or Pärnu County, and only one in Võru County.

One case each was found in Hiiu and Jõgeva counties and three in Lääne-Viru County. Several cases had no information in the population register.

New cases, deaths and hospital releases: There were 100 new cases and no deaths last week. Nine people were released from hospital, the most in a single week since the middle of June.

As of Monday, nine people are being treated in hospital and no patients are using ventilators.

Positive and negative tests by week: The up-tick in testing continues as more than 7,000 tests were analyzed last week. More than 6,000 tests a week have been carried out for the past four weeks.

In total, 7,160 tests were analyzed with 100 positive results and 7,060negative.


Deaths by age and gender: There were no deaths last week. The total is 64 and the last death was registered on August 23.

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

By county: There were no deaths last week.

Coronavirus in Estonia highlights: August 24-30

How can the spread of coronavirus be stopped?

  • The most efficient measure is keeping your distance.
  • In crowded places and especially indoors where it is not possible to keep your distance from other people, it is advisable to wear a mask.
  • Closed, crowded spaces should be avoided if possible.
  • Hands must be washed frequently with soap and warm water.
  • When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with disposable tissue.
  • Anyone who becomes ill should stay at home, even if their symptoms are mild.
  • People who develop any symptoms should contact their family physician.

Download 'HOIA'

You can also download Estonia's coronavirus exposure notification app 'HOIA' which will alert you if you have been in close contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus.

The free app can be downloaded at the Google Play Store or App Store. Read ERR News' feature about the app. So far it has been downloaded by more than 50,000 people.

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Editor: Helen Wright

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