Crisis medical chief Arkadi Popov named Citizen of the Year 2020

24.11.20 NEWS ... Chief medical officer at the Health Board Arkadi Popov was named Citizen of the Year 2020 on Tuesday at a Citizen's Day recognition event by Minister of Culture Tõnis Lukas (Isamaa).

Health Board critical of stores advertising 'Black Friday' sales

24.11.20 NEWS ... The Health Board has said it is ready to fine businesses advertising "Black Friday" (Must Reede) sales taking place in their stores rather than online. The agency believes they are acting irresponsibly.

Legal expert: Fining for not wearing a mask has no legal grounds

24.11.20 NEWS ... Lawyer and former justice chancellor Allar Jõks says that in his opinion, fining individuals for not wearing a face-mask in public areas is not feasible, though added that he would don such a covering in any case.

Head of scientific council: Vaccines will not make the virus disappear

24.11.20 NEWS ... While notifications of coronavirus vaccines in development are encouraging, head of the government's scientific council Irja Lutsar says there is no reason to believe vaccines will make the pandemic disappear right away.

University of Tartu going to remote learning after rise in COVID-19 cases

24.11.20 NEWS ... The University of Tartu is to switch to remote teaching from Tuesday, in response to growing COVID-19 numbers.

Government to give two reusable masks to people on low incomes

24.11.20 NEWS ... The government will issue two reusable facemasks to people on low incomes so they can follow the new nationwide face-covering restrictions introduced on Tuesday. Approximately, 40,000 masks will be handed out.

Health Board: 204 new cases of coronavirus diagnosed, two deaths

24.11.20 NEWS ... During the last 24 hours, two people died and 204 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) were recorded across Estonia, data from the Health Board (Terviseamet) shows.

EDF considers expanding quarantine facilities as COVID-19 rates rise

24.11.20 NEWS ... The Estonian Defense Forces (EDF) is looking at expanding its coronavirus quarantining facilities amid growing numbers among conscripts and others.

Social minister: Number of hospitalized patients could exceed 200 this week

24.11.20 NEWS ... Minister of Social Affairs Tanel Kiik (Center) told ERR that the number of patients receiving treatment in hospital is certainly set to exceed 200 at some point in the near future and if it were to exceed 300, the situation in hospitals would turn critical.

Education ministry: High schools in remote learning best option for society

24.11.20 NEWS ... Starting Monday, all high school classes in Tallinn, Harju County and Ida-Viru County have to turn to remote learning until January 10, as that is the least bothersome option for society, Ministry of Education and Research Secretary-General Mart Laidmets said.

Easing of quarantine rules contributing to shorter COVID-19 hospital stays

24.11.20 NEWS ... Changing coronavirus restrictions and quarantine requirements and patients suffering from milder episodes of the coronavirus are behind falling lengths in hospitalization stays, ERR's online news in Estonian finds. Hospitals are sometimes turning patients away who have tested positive for the virus, meaning their case gets recorded in the general figures and not in those relating to hospitals.

Coronavirus round-up: November 16-22

23.11.20 NEWS ... More than 2,000 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) were diagnosed in Estonia last week - a new record high. Additionally, more than 400 cases were diagnosed on a single day for the first time.

Coronavirus restrictions apply to cinemas, theaters from November 28

23.11.20 NEWS ... From November 28, additional restrictions will apply in theaters, cinema and concert halls. In Harju and Ida-Viru Counties a 50 percent occupancy rate is allowed while in other counties across Estonia up to 400 people can be in attendance.

New restrictions: Government agrees obligatory mask rules, extends 2+2

23.11.20 NEWS ... New restrictions making it obligatory to wear a mask or face-covering in public indoor spaces, extending the 2+2 rule and reducing the maximum number of participants in public events were agreed by the government at an e-session on Monday.

Police to monitor mask-wearing compliance

23.11.20 NEWS ... Minister of Social Affairs Tanel Kiik (Center) confirmed that on Monday (November 23) the obligation to cover your mouth and nose in public and restrictions on participants of public events will be agreed by the government. The police will be responsible for making sure the rules are followed.

City government, Health Board advise Tartu residents to be careful

23.11.20 NEWS ... Tartu City Government (Tartu Linnavalitsus) and the southern district of the Health Board (Terviseamet) are calling on Tartu residents to be careful and behave responsibly after a recent rise in new coronavirus cases.

Health Board: 232 new COVID-19 cases discovered, four deaths

23.11.20 NEWS ... 232 new coronavirus cases have been found in Estonia in the past 24 hours, the Health Board (Terviseamet) says. Four deaths were also recorded.

False positives complicate returning to work for healed COVID-19 patients

23.11.20 NEWS ... Healed coronavirus patients could experience difficulties returning to work as employers are required to demand a proof of negative testing.Family physicians however say a healed patient is no longer infectious, even if they test positive going forward.

Hospitals have capacity to treat 400 COVID-19 patients in intensive care

23.11.20 NEWS ... There are approximately 400 hospital beds with respirators which can be used for patients with coronavirus if needed, the Ministry of Social Affairs has said. On Sunday, 146 people were being treated in hospital with seven patients in intensive care.

Harju and Ida-Viru high schools turning to distance learning by December

23.11.20 NEWS ... As COVID-19 infection rates continue to increase in Estonia, the government, along with the Health Board and the Ministry of Education and Research, has come to a decision to switch all Harju and Ida-Viru county high schools to distance learning by November 30 at the latest. The decision will not affect vocational schools.

Government extends nighttime alcohol sales ban until January

23.11.20 NEWS ... The nationwide ban on the late-night sale of alcohol has been extended until the end of January by the government to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Passenger travel declarations can now be submitted online

23.11.20 NEWS ... People arriving in Estonia can now submit their cross-border traveler's declaration information electronically, cutting down waiting time at Tallinn Airport or the Port of Tallinn.

Health Board chief: If restrictions not kept in mind, lockdown coming

22.11.20 NEWS ... If the public do not adhere to the latest round of coronavirus regulations, then Christmas may be conducted remotely and on-screen only, says Health Board (Terviseamet) chief Üllar Lanno, in the light of continued rising coronavirus numbers.

Kohtla-Järve High School asking for contact study continuance

22.11.20 NEWS ... A government decision would see high school students in Harju and Ida-Viru counties where the COVID-19 infection rate is the biggest in Estonia switch to remote learning. Director of the Kohtla-Järve High School Hendrik Agur is asking for an exception to continue contact study as students who speak Russian at home need help studying in Estonian.

Day brings 349 coronavirus cases

22.11.20 NEWS ... Data from the Health Board suggests a total of 4,944 coronavirus tests were carried out in the last 24 hours of which 349 came back positive. The case rate per 100,000 people is 270.51 on Sunday.

Over 50 people in Ida-Viru Central Hospital outbreak

22.11.20 NEWS ... A new coronavirus outbreak at the Ida-Viru Central Hospital has over 50 people, including both hospital employees and patients. The board has decided to create additional coronavirus beds.

Day brings 305 coronavirus cases

21.11.20 NEWS ... Data from the Health Board suggests 305 tests for COVID-19 came back positive in the last 24 hours. The 14-day case rate per 100,000 people is now at 258.77.

PM: Harju and Ida-Viru high school classes to be put on remote learning

21.11.20 NEWS ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas said in an interview to "Aktuaalne kaamera" on Friday evening that new measures planned by the government should see high school classes put on remote learning from November 24 until January 10.

All European arrivals in Estonia must self-quarantine from November 23

20.11.20 NEWS ... No changes to Estonia's mandatory quarantine list for European arrivals in Estonia from Monday, November 23 have been made on the preceding week, though exemptions still apply to residents of Finland, Latvia and Lithuania, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says.

Kuressaare care home bans visits through Christmas

20.11.20 NEWS ... A care home on Saaremaa has imposed a two-month visit ban amid fears of rising coronavirus numbers.

Estonia planning on using rapid antigen tests by February 2021

20.11.20 NEWS ... The Health Board (Terviseamet) is currently conducting rapid antigen test validation studies in many closed environments, such as hospitals, prisons and carehomes, with the hopes of putting antigen tests to use by the end of January 2021.

Health Board: 364 COVID-19 cases found in past 24 hours, one death

20.11.20 NEWS ... A total of 364 new coronavirus cases have been found in Estonia in the past 24 hours, the Health Board (Terviseamet) says. There was also a death recorded.

Passenger ferries on Gulf of Finland remain at reduced capacity

20.11.20 NEWS ... As the government of Finland extended their established travel restrictions, only allowing travel for essential reasons, ferries operating between Tallinn and Helsinki will continue to do so but at reduced capacities.

Social minister: Government to discuss additional COVID-19 measures Friday

20.11.20 NEWS ... Minister of Social Affairs Tanel Kiik (Center) said government will meet on Friday to discuss potential supplemental restrictions to help prevent further spread of the coronavirus.

Lutsar: Increase in young people infection rate comes from more testing

20.11.20 NEWS ... The increased spread of COVID-19 among young people is related to them having a more active lifestyle compared to older people, said Irja Lutsar, head of the government's scientific council.

Health Board: Hobby group activities should be critically assessed

20.11.20 NEWS ... After a drastic increase in COVID-19 infections among young people aged 10-19 over recent weeks, the Health Board (Terviseamet) is calling for a critical assessment into youth center and hobby group activity.

Tallinn pub bans MPs, to highlight effects of COVID-19 restrictions

19.11.20 NEWS ... Government coronavirus restrictions have hit Tallinn's pubs, bars, cafes, restaurants and hotels hard, but one such establishment in the heart of the Old Town has issued a restriction of its own, in barring Riigikogu MPs service.

Health Board: Record 414 new COVID-19 cases diagnosed, two deaths

19.11.20 NEWS ... A record 414 new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) were diagnosed in Estonia over the last 24 hours, the Health Board (Terviseamet) announced on Thursday. Two deaths were also recorded.

Defense Forces suspends leave for conscripts until end of November

18.11.20 NEWS ... The Estonian Defense Forces (EDF) has suspended all leave until November 30 to combat the spread of COVID-19.

15 PERH employees diagnosed with coronavirus

18.11.20 NEWS ... Thirty-seven employees of the North Estonia Medical Center (PERH) are in quarantine because of COVID-19, while 15 employees have taken ill. Patients who come into contact with medical staff before the latter start to exhibit symptoms are isolated in single rooms.

Number of hospitalized coronavirus patients expected to reach spring peak

18.11.20 NEWS ... Considering the current coronavirus infection rate in Estonia, the number of people hospitalized could equal the peak in spring next week.

Hospital chief doctor: Lockdown inevitable in Estonia

18.11.20 NEWS ... Lockdown in Estonia is inevitable, at least to an extent, in the light of soaring coronavirus numbers, the chief doctor at a Tallinn hospital says.

Health Board: 274 new coronavirus cases in past 24 hours

18.11.20 NEWS ... A total of 274 new coronavirus cases have been found in Estonia in the past 24 hours, the Health Board (Terviseamet) says. Only one of Estonia's 15 counties had no new cases reported overnight.

Leading music figures in video appeal to audiences to mask up

17.11.20 NEWS ... Musicians have issued a video appeal to the public to wear a mask when attending concerts, in an effort prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Tallinn restarts mask-wearing drive

17.11.20 NEWS ... The City of Tallinn has started a two-week campaign highlighting the importance of mask-wearing to both residents and visitors, in the wake of soaring coronavirus cases in the capital.

Social minister: Survey puts infection rate at 0.4 percent of population

17.11.20 NEWS ... The ninth round of University of Tartu scientists' coronavirus survey suggests that around 5,000 people or 0.4 percent of the population has COVID-19 in Estonia, Minister of Social Affairs Tanel Kiik said, citing University of Tartu family medicine professor Ruth Kalda's overview.

Health Board: 186 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed, three deaths

17.11.20 NEWS ... 186 new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) were diagnosed in Estonia over the last 24 hours, the Health Board (Terviseamet) announced on Tuesday. Three deaths were also recorded.

Mall visitors not following mask requirement

17.11.20 NEWS ... New restrictions established due to the spread of the coronavirus didn't hinder people from shopping recently at one of the most popular malls in Tallinn without wearing masks. Chief of the Ülemiste center, Guido Pärnits, finds that people are not complying with the mask requirement voluntarily.

Hospitals have had to postpone scheduled treatments due to COVID-19 spread

17.11.20 NEWS ... Raul Adlas, chief medical officer of Tallinn's ambulance service, said that hospitals have been forced to suspend certain scheduled treatments due to the spread of the coronavirus in fall.

Sports clubs implementing supplemental measures to disperse clients

17.11.20 NEWS ... In relation to the government's decision to implement coronavirus spread alleviation measures in public spaces from Monday, sports clubs have had to make several organizational changes. For example, training groups have been made smaller and air purifiers have been installed in several establishments.
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