Coronavirus round-up: February 15-21

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Last week 5,572 new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed across Estonia compared to 4,561 the previous week. This is a new record high number of cases and the first time more than 5,000 have been diagnosed in a single week.

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 usually published on 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 February 15-21;
  • 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.

The data has been taken from the Health Board and we downloaded it from Koroonakaart which publishes data 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.

Overview 

New restrictions were introduced on Monday, which will send school children to distance learning from March 1, closes spas, swimming pools and other leisure facilities and introduced additional capacity caps on indoor venues from February 22.

More than 20,000 coronavirus vaccinations were administered last week which is the highest number in a single week so far.

The latest results from the University of Tartu's wastewater monitoring study shows there is still a high level of coronavirus present across the country.

The number of patients being treated in hospital is rising and is almost at maximum capacity.

New cases by week: More than 5,500 new cases were diagnosed last week, the first time more than 5,000 have been diagnosed in a single week. In total, there were 5,572 new cases which is an increase of more than 1,000 cases compared to the week before.

There were 39 deaths, more than week before, but a new record number was not set.

The 14-day infection rate was 763.07 per 100,000 people on Monday (February 22), compared to 626.2 a week earlier (February 15). A week before that the figure was 549.22.

New cases by day: The highest number of cases diagnosed on a single day last week was 995 and on two days there were more than 900 cases. There were over 800 on two days, over 700 on one day, more than 600 on one day and the lowest number of new tests recorded was 583.

The highest number the previous week was 797 and the lowest 412.

There were 39 deaths and the highest number on a single day was 10 while the lowest was two.

New cases by county: Unfortunately, several regional records were broken last week. Only four of Estonia's counties had fewer than 100 new cases and new records were set in Harju, Tartu and Saare Counties. The majority of counties saw a rise in cases.

As usual, the majority of new cases were diagnosed in Harju County which had a total of 2,965 cases - over 750 more cases than the week before. Cases have been rising for three weeks in the region.

Saare County set a new record with 249 cases diagnosed in a single week. The week before 169 cases were reported on the islands, the previous week there were 85. Two weeks before that, on the week starting January 18, only 25 cases were reported. At the height of the emergency situation last spring, the highest number of cases recorded in one week was 160.

The county now has the highest 14-day average at 1260.47 per 100,000 inhabitants. The second highest region is Ida-Viru County which has a figure of 948.91.

Tartu County's upward trend continues and 407 positive cases - a new record - were reported last week, beating the previous week's 368. Võru County saw a small rise in cases from 130 to 142, also a new record for the county. 

Ida-Viru County recorded 684 new cases, an increase from the week before, but not a new record. Pärnu County experienced a similar trend with positive tests rising from 211 to 264.

In the graphs below, you can add or take away data from the graphs by clicking on the colored dots below. The round-up looks at the six counties with the highest number of cases in detail.

Hospital releases: 270 people were released from hospital last week, a new record.

There are now more than 530 patients being treated in hospital for COVID-19, which is almost the maximum number of beds that can be allocated for coronavirus patients. If this number continues to rise then scheduled treatment will start to be disrupted. Last week, experts said they expect the number to rise.

Positive and negative tests by week: A new record high number of tests were carried out last week and it was the first time more than 40,000 have been analyzed in a single week.

The total number of tests was 43,046 and there were 5572 positive results and 37,474 negatives. The average share of positives testes each day was 12.99 percent compared with 13.12 percent the previous week.

Deaths: There were 39 deaths last week, an increase of four from the week before.  

The total number of people who have died after being diagnosed with coronavirus is now 540.

Coronavirus highlights February 15-21:   

"Let's keep Estonia open!"

The Health Board launched a new campaign called "Let's keep Estonia open!" ("Hoiame Eesti elu avatud!") this week, which calls for the people of Estonia to follow five basic principles:

  • Stay at home if you have fallen ill;
  • Stay at least two meters away from other people;
  • Wear a mask in crowded places;
  • Wash your hands diligently;
  • Download the HOIA app onto your smartphone;
  • Get your information from reliable sources, such as kriis.ee, the Health Board or contact the free 1247 helpline.

The spread of coronavirus in Estonia is extensive and rapid, which means that it is possible to get infected anywhere you may come in to contact with others.

If possible, choose electronic channels and online services for running your errands. Run as many of your errands as possible via electronic channels which will allow you to avoid unnecessary contact with others and reduce the risk of your being infected.

If you experience any symptoms, please stay at home.

Download HOIA

Estonia's coronavirus exposure notification app HOIA 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 here. 

Note to readers

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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