Coronavirus round-up: February 22-28

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Independence Day celebrations in Pärnu on February 24, 2021. Source: Tõiv Jõul/ Pärnu Council.

Last week 8,186 new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed across Estonia compared to 5,572 the previous week. There were more than 1,000 cases on six days and there were 58 deaths.

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 22-28;
  • New cases by county by week;
  • New cases compared with deaths and hospital releases;
  • Total number of positive and negative tests by week;
  • Deaths of covid-positive patients by week;
  • Number of coronavirus vaccine doses administered in Estonia by week.

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 

The government agreed on new stricter regulations on Thursday which will be introduced on March 1 and March 3 and mostly affect schools, entertainment facilities and catering establishments.

The government is also being criticized for the speed of its coronavirus vaccination policy, with people arguing it should be going quicker. One of the biggest problems is supply, which is affecting all of Europe, which saw AstraZeneca reduce and then cancel its delivery to Estonia last week.

The infection rate, known as R, is above 1 in Estonia which means the number of cases is multiplying quickly. See more data from mathematician, and member of the government's scientific advisory council, Professor Krista Fischer here (in Estonian) below the "Nakatamiskordaja R" heading.

New cases by week: Unfortunately, there were several records broken last week.

8,186 new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed last week - an increase of 2,611 compared to the week before. This is the first time more than 6,000 cases have been diagnosed in a single week and a new record high, smashing the previous record of 5,572 which was set the week before.

There were 58 deaths - a record - and 19 more than the week before.

The 14-day infection rate was 1035.01 per 100,000 inhabitants on Monday (February 28), compared to 763.07 a week earlier (February 22). A week before that the figure was 626.2. This is the first time the 14-day rate has risen over 1,000.

New cases by day: More than 1,000 cases were reported on six days last week and a new high number of 1,570 positives was recorded on February 26.

The only day that had fewer than 1,000 cases was Monday, which had 961. The highest number the week before was 995.

There were 58 deaths and the highest number on a single day was 13 while the lowest was four.

New cases by county: Similarly to the week before, 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.

4,959 new cases were diagnosed in Harju County, the first time any county has recorded more than 4,000 new cases in a single week. This was an increase of 2,010 cases compared to the week before when 2,965 positive tests were reported in the county, which was already an increase of 750 on the week before.

Ida-Viru County's cases rose from 684 to 982 - an increase of 298 cases.

Saare County's case numbers have continued to rise, beating the new record high set a week ago to total 317. The county's cases have shot up over the last month and on February 1, there were 85 cases diagnosed and only 25 a fortnight before. The county has the highest 14-day average at 1710.86 per 100,000 inhabitants. The second highest region is Harju County which has a figure of 1310.02.

Tartu County's total number of cases was similar to the week before with 428 recorded - a new record - and an increase of 21 compared to a week earlier.

Võru County's numbers plateaued with 148 new cases, six more than the week before. Pärnu County experienced a similar trend recording 260 cases compared to 264 the week before.

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

Hospital releases: 285 people were released from hospital last week, a new record. The previous high figure was 270, which was set the week before.

There are now more than 570 patients being treated in hospital for COVID-19, which is almost the maximum number of beds that can be allocated for coronavirus patients.

On Monday (March 1), Minister of Health and Labor Tanel Kiik (Center) said he is expecting that there will be more than 600 patients in hospital by the end of the week.

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

The total number of tests analyzed was 44,383 and there were 8,186 positive results and 36,197 negatives. The average share of positives tests each day rose from 12.99 percent to 18.86.

Deaths: There were 58 deaths last week, an increase of 14 from the week before.  

The total number of people who have died after being diagnosed with coronavirus is now 598.

Vaccines: ERR News has added a new graph showing the number of coronavirus vaccines administered by week in Estonia since December 27. The graph shows the number of first and second doses administered, which currently totals 78,759.

The data can be viewed at Koroonakaart and a new method of recording the data occurred on the week starting January 25. When calculated, the week's figures show -3,421 first doses and 8,034 second doses.

During the last two weeks, more than 16,000 doses have been administered.

Coronavirus highlights: February 22-28

"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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