Coronavirus round-up: October 5-11
Last week, the total number of new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnosed in Estonia was 266, compared to 352 the week before. This is the first time in eight weeks the number of infections has fallen.
ERR News has rounded up the most important news and data about the coronavirus in Estonia 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 October 5-11;
- 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 and we downloaded it from koroonakaart which publishes data released every 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 on the colored dots below. The data points are (mostly) dated with each Monday's date.
New cases by week: Last week 266 cases of coronavirus were diagnosed across Estonia. As usual, the majority of cases were recorded in Harju and Ida-Viru counties. This is the first time the number of cases has been smaller than the week before since the middle of August.
One death was recorded last week compared to three the week before.
The majority of new outbreaks are being reported in workplaces and family groups, the Health Board has said.
Tallinn has launched a campaign calling on people to wear masks in enclosed places such as on public transport.
The government changed the self-isolation restrictions on Friday which will peg a two week quarantine period to Estonia's infection rate. Currently, if a country has less than50 cases as a two week average then quarantine is not required when entering Estonia.
The 14-day average infection rate in Estonia is 46.15 per 100,000 compared to 51.02 last Monday (October 5).
New cases by day October 5-11: The highest number of infections diagnosed on a single day last week was 56 compared to 81 the week before. On four days new cases numbered between 35 and 45, and on two days new cases were fewer than 20. The lowest was 18 on October 11.
New cases by county: The highest number of new cases were reported in Ida-Viru County last week at 104 and Harju County on 106. This was an increase for Ida-Viru but a significant decrease for Harju County, which recorded 185 cases the week before.
Tartu's new cases increased from four to 11. Võru County's cases fell from 12 to six, Saare County's from 10 to one and Pärnu's from five to two.
There were also new cases in Hiiu (1), Jõgeva (4), Lääne (3), Lääne-Viru (2), Rapla (1) and Viljandi (2) counties. Valga, Põlva and Järva counties reported no cases.
New cases, deaths and hospital releases: There were fewer new cases and deaths last week but more people were discharged from hospital, an increase from 14 to 21.
Positive and negative tests by week: There were fewer positive cases but fewer tests were also carried out. The total number of tests carried out last week was 11,232 and 11,006 of those were negative. This is the lowest amount of tests for several weeks.
Deaths by age and gender: Last week there was one death registered in Estonia due to coronavirus, a drop from three the week before.
The person who died was a man in his 80s in Ida-Viru County.
The total number of deaths connected to coronavirus is 68. The data shows 32 men and 36 women have died. The majority of deaths have occurred among people over 70 years old.
By county: The man who died this week was from Ida-Viru County.
Coronavirus in Estonia highlights: October 5-11:
- Quarantine restrictions eased, use more flexible multiplier
- Tallinn launches mask wearing campaign
- Health Board does not see hospitals full of COVID-19 patients any time soon
- Tallinn gets 'bubble' host status for European basketball qualifiers
- 100,000 substandard respirators acquired through PPE procurement
- Daily: Charter flights were briefly allowed for prime minister's sake only
- Minister: COVID-19 lessons learned from spring being applied in autumn
- Health board emergency medical chief supports cutting quarantine time
- Health board: 'Teachers, please do not go to school with symptoms'
- Government decides against tourism voucher scheme
- Health Board recommends travel only when unavoidable
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.
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.
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Editor: Helen Wright