Coronavirus round-up: August 31-September 6

Social distancing sign and hand sanitizer in Werner Cafe in Tartu.
Social distancing sign and hand sanitizer in Werner Cafe in Tartu. Source: Helen Wright /ERR

Last week, the total number of new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnosed in Estonia was 157, increasing from 100 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 31 - September 6;
  • 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 157 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) were diagnosed across Estonia, rising from 100 the week before. This is highest number of cases diagnosed in one week since mid-March.

The majority of new infections were reported in Harju County and come from a cluster of cases. The Health Board's norther regional arm is monitoring five active outbreaks.

The Nõmme Kalju football club outbreak includes 15 people, another at Ülemiste City has 10 people, a party held at Gourmet Coffee has lead to 10 people becoming infected and an outbreak at a sauna party has affected 10 people. The Russian Drama Theater outbreak concerns seven people and has seen the theater close for at least a week.

The case rate per 100,000 residents stands at 28.8 in Tallinn as of Monday morning.

The county with the second highest number of cases is Ida-Viru County in the east of Estonia. The Health Board's eastern regional arm is monitoring over 580 people in connection with COVID-19.

There are five active outbreaks in the region the largest one of which is the so-called Estonia oil shale mine outbreak that concerns 56 people, including 31 employees and 25 family members.

The Jõhvi Kelder bar outbreak has 15 cases, an outbreak imported from the UK also has 15, the Ojamaa mine outbreak nine and the Viru Prison outbreak five cases.

However, no new cases were reported on the county on Sunday.

There is also an outbreak which spans two counties, Võru County and Pärnu County. The outbreak involves 10 people who traveled together and caught the virus in Italy and Austria.

Nearly 251 people, 21 of whom are ill, are being monitored by the Southern Regional Department. In the Western Regional Department, 13 are being monitored, 6 of whom are ill.

Cases in Tartu County have fallen and the Health Board and researchers at the University of Tartu believes the outbreak has ended.

New cases by day for August 31 - September 6: All days except two had more than 20 cases. The highest number was on September 4, when 35 new cases were diagnosed and the lowest was on September 3 with 15. The last time more than 30 cases were recorded on a single day was April 22.

New cases by county: The majority of cases were recorded in residents registered as living in Harju County, which includes Tallinn. In total, 89 cases were reported in the county compared to 37 the week before. Harju's infection rate has been increasing for the last four weeks.

Twenty-three cases were diagnosed in Ida-Viru County, declining from 54 the week before. The cluster of outbreaks in the county seems to be receding.

Last week, the Health Board said the recent outbreaks in Tartu County had finished and the data reflects this. Only four new cases were diagnosed in the county last week. The week before one new case was diagnosed and eight the week before.

Twelve new cases were diagnosed in Võru County - the last time this many cases were recorded in the county was the week starting March 30. Since the end of April, fewer than five cases have been diagnosed every week and most weeks zero cases were reported.

Among the other counties, four cases were recorded in Jõgeva and Pärnu, three in Lääne-Viru and two each in Rapla and Saare counties. A number were diagnosed in people without information in the population register.

New cases, deaths and hospital releases: There were no deaths last week and seven people were released from hospitals. As mentioned above, there were 157 new cases.

As of Monday, seven patients are being treated in hospital and none are using ventilators to breathe.

It was said last week by the Health Board that fewer patients are being admitted to hospital now than in the spring because coronavirus cases are increasingly being diagnosed in young people in recent outbreaks.

Positive and negative tests by week: More than 12,000 tests were carried out last week - the highest number in a single week since the coronavirus crisis started in Estonia.

In total, 12,313 were carried out, 12,156 negative and 157 positive.


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 related to coronavirus in Estonia last week.

Coronavirus in Estonia highlights: August 31 - September 6:

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.

Note to readers

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Editor: Helen Wright

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