Coronavirus

Price and quality of masks vary widely in Estonian pharmacies

25.09.20 ... The price and quality of masks sold in Estonia vary greatly, ERR has found, and it can be cheaper to stock up in Finland. The cheapest dust mask in Estonia costs 36 cents but a single respirator mask can be almost €4.

Football Association asks UEFA for extension on venue confirmation

25.09.20 ... The governing body of European football, UEFA, gave Estonia until September 24 to confirm the venue for home matches in the European Championships qualifying rounds. The government did not reach a decision on quarantine-free travel for athletes on Thursday however, leading the Estonian Football Association (EJL) to apply for an extension.

Health Board: 42 new cases of coronavirus recorded in last 24 hours

25.09.20 ... Forty-two new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed in Estonia in the last 24 hours, the Health Board said on Friday. The 14-day average is 36.57 per 100,000 people.

Tourism sector hopes for rapid reopening of Finnish border

25.09.20 ... Tourism and catering companies hopes Finland will be able to reopen the border as soon as possible as many Estonian companies will not survive the new restrictions.

Tourists from Estonia cannot visit Finland from Monday

24.09.20 ... The Finnish government decided on Thursday that travelers from Estonia can only enter Finland to return to the country, work, transit or for an unavoidable reason from September 28. While Estonia is on Finland's restricted list, tourists cannot travel to the country.

President to UN: Pandemic brings global tech, governance opportunities

24.09.20 ... President Kersti Kaljulaid has called on nations to seize the opportunity and change the model of global governance to one that also takes into account cyber security. Addressing both a UN Security Council (UNSC) summit, and the 75th UN General Assembly – this year taking place remotely due to the pandemic – the president also took an optimistic stance on what could be learned from the pandemic, particularly in terms of technological leaps forward.

Health Board: 44 new cases of coronavirus diagnosed in last 24 hours

24.09.20 ... Forty-four new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been diagnosed in Estonia in the last 24 hours, the Health Board said on Thursday. The 14-day average is 35.82 per 100,000 people.

Health Board to receive €15 million for coronavirus testing

24.09.20 ... The government has opted to allocate €15.3 million from state reserves to the Health Board (Terviseamet), to organize coronavirus (COVID-19) testing.

Government restricts number of people at indoor events to 750

24.09.20 ... Restrictions limiting audience capacity to 750 people at indoor events will be implemented from Tuesday, September 29 to try and limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Popov: Masks will surely save lives

24.09.20 ... Masks save lives and reduce the risk of infection, head of the ambulance center of the North Estonia Medical Center Dr. Arkadi Popov has said.

Bocuse d'Or culinary competition organizers request travel entry exemptions

24.09.20 ... The organizers of international world cuisine championship Bocuse d'Or, set to take place on October 15-16, have approached the government with a proposal to make an exemption for competitors entering Estonia from coronavirus high-risk countries.

Three workers at West Tallinn Central Hospital test positive for COVID-19

23.09.20 ... The work of the Infertility Treatment Center at West Tallinn Central Hospital (Lääne-Tallinna keskhaigla/ LTKH) is being reorganized after three employees tested positive for coronavirus.

Popov: Ida-Viru County workers afraid to admit illness symptoms

23.09.20 ... People living in Ida-Viru County are afraid to admit that they are ill and hide their coronavirus symptoms because they are afraid for their jobs, Dr. Arkadi Popov, head of the ambulance center of the North Estonian Medical Center, said on Wednesday.

Health Board: Tallinn's coronavirus measures have been appropriate

23.09.20 ... Tallinn has made appropriate decisions about how to stop the spread of coronavirus in the capital, adviser of the Epidemic Control Department of the Health Board Irina Dontšenko said on Wednesday.

Health Board: 57 new coronavirus cases diagnosed in last 24 hours

23.09.20 ... Fifty-seven new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed in the last day, the Health Board said on Wednesday. The majority of new cases were reported in Harju County.

Narva becomes autumn capital

23.09.20 ... The city of Narva in Ida-Viru County was handed the title of autumn capital on Tuesday, taking over from summer capital Pärnu. Autumn officially started on September 22.

Minister of Education: In spring, cutting teachers' salaries was discussed

23.09.20 ... When all schools were distance learning and extracurricular activities were canceled in spring, local governments discussed reducing teachers' salaries, Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps (Center) said on Tuesday.

Kiik names new head of Estonian Health Board

23.09.20 ... Minister of Social Affairs Tanel Kiik (Center) said on Wednesday the current director of the Estonian Forensic Science Institute Üllar Lanno will take over as the new director of the Health Board.

Transferwise posts 70 percent increase in revenue to £302.6 million

23.09.20 ... Transferwise, the international money transfer service founded by Estonian entrepreneurs, saw a 70 percent increase in revenue to £302.6 million in the last financial year. The coronavirus crisis increased business.

Scheduled treatments reorganized at several hospitals due to coronavirus

23.09.20 ... East Tallinn Central Hospital and Ida-Viru Central Hospital have both stopped or reorganized some scheduled treatments after staff members tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Finland imposing quarantine on arrivals from Estonia from next Monday

22.09.20 ... Finland is to implement tighter restrictions on tourists from Estonia from Monday, September 28 following a rise in COVID-19, which would mean quarantine on arrival for 14 days. Only people traveling for work will be able to do so without quarantining.

Government: We must work together to stop the spread of coronavirus

22.09.20 ... The government has released a joint statement on Tuesday urging people to be cautious amid the rising rate of coronavirus currently occurring in Estonia.

Health Board: 36 new cases of coronavirus recorded in last 24 hours

22.09.20 ... Thirty-six new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed across Estonia in the last 24 hours, the Health Board said on Tuesday. Ten people were admitted to hospital.

Health Board: Automated calls being sent to covid patients' close contacts

22.09.20 ... Automated messages are being sent to the phones of people who have come into contact with a coronavirus patient, head of the northern regional department of the Health Board (Terviseamet) said on Monday.

Ratas to meet with Finnish and Swedish prime ministers

22.09.20 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) will visit Finland and Sweden to discuss the fight against COVID, bilateral cooperation, Belarus and other issues on Tuesday.

Finnish interior ministry spokesperson: Reinsalu not wholly wrong on travel

22.09.20 ... A spokesperson for Finland's interior ministry says that Estonian foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) has not been wholly off-base in his comments regarding Finland being closed to travelers from Estonia, other than those traveling for work, from next Monday, as coronavirus rates rise.

PERH chief physician: Masks could be mandatory in Ida-Viru County

22.09.20 ... Wearing masks in public spaces should be mandatory in Ida-Viru County, which is seeing a surge of coronavirus cases, the chief physician at the North Estonian Medical Center (PERH) has said. However, the head of the Estonian Medical Association does not agree.

COVID-19 diagnosed in 0.5 percent of travelers to Estonia since September

22.09.20 ... Less than 1 percent of passengers tested at Tallinn Airport and other points of entry have recorded a positive for coronavirus. So far, 8,935 tests have been conducted since the start of September.

Performing arts chief: There have been no coronavirus outbreaks in theaters

22.09.20 ... The Estonian Association of Performing Arts Institutions (Eesti Etendusasutuste Liit) has announced that no coronavirus outbreak has been found linked to theaters in the country, and an individual who was infected and had been to the Endla Theater in Pärnu had not passed on the coronavirus to anyone else.

Ida-Viru County in the midst of recent surge of coronavirus cases

22.09.20 ... Ida-Viru County's Jõhvi and Kohtla-Järve regions continue to be the most affected by the recent surge in coronavirus cases and the Health Board (Terviseamet) considers stopping the virus from spreading in education institutions as the most important challenge over the coming weeks.

Finnish media surprised by Estonian foreign minister's quarantine statement

22.09.20 ... Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) told ERR on Monday that quarantine-free travel to Finland will only be allowed for work purposes starting September 28. However, the Finnish government has not yet confirmed the regulation and the Finnish media has reported surprised at Reinsalu's sudden statement.

Football Association wants entry exemption for players from third countries

22.09.20 ... The Estonian Football Association (EJL) will apply for a government exemption allowing third country football national teams to enter Estonia for UEFA European Championships qualifying matches without the 14-day coronavirus isolation requirement.

Minister: Quarantine for lower COVID-19 rate nations than Estonia illogical

22.09.20 ... Social affairs minister Tanel Kiik (Center) says that coronavirus flight restrictions and quarantine regulations are outdated, particularly with countries with a lower COVID-19 reported rate than Estonia's seeing direct flights to and from Estonia banned. A move towards a moving figure based on Estonia's current coronavirus rate would be more sensible, he said.

Testing to be carried out on all residents at Lääne County care home

21.09.20 ... On Sunday, a worker at Oru care home in Lääne County was diagnosed with COVID-19, leading the care home to conduct testing for all workers and residents.

Kadai: Health Board needs more resources for 'coronavirus detectives'

21.09.20 ... The Health Board needs more resources for "coronavirus detectives" as these people help trace the spread of the virus which is the most effective way to control the disease, the agency's former head of the emergency department said on Monday.

Two Esiliiga football matches postponed due to positive tests

21.09.20 ... Two matches in the Esiliiga, second strongest football league in Estonia, were postponed on Monday due to positive coronavirus tests.

Social affairs minister: Government to discuss losing flight restrictions

21.09.20 ... Minister of Social Affairs Tanel Kiik (Center) told ERR on Monday that the government is trying to reach a point of understanding in updating travel restrictions and self-isolation requirements this week.

Travel to Finland only allowed for work starting September 28

21.09.20 ... Starting on September 28, quarantine-free travel to Finland from Estonia is only allowed for people travelling for work, everyone else is still subject to the 14-day quarantine period when entering the country, Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) told ERR on Monday.

Coronavirus round-up: September 14-20

21.09.20 ... Last week, the total number of new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnosed in Estonia was 244, compared to 167 the week before. The last time more than 200 cases were diagnosed in a single week was in mid-April.

Health Board: 18 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed over 24 hours

21.09.20 ... Eighteen new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in Estonia over the last 24 hours, the Health Board (Terviseamet) announced on Monday. The 14-day average is 30.85 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Baltic migration experts: Coronavirus crisis changing cross-border movement

21.09.20 ... Migration trends in the Baltics are changing and that the coronavirus crisis is changing cross-border movement, researchers from the Nordic and Baltic countries said at a conference on Friday.

Personal family doctor referral no longer necessary for coronavirus testing

21.09.20 ... As the fall virus season approaches, it is now possible to head for coronavirus (COVID-19) testing with a referral from any family doctor, not only your registered doctor. It is recommended to take a test as soon as symptoms arise, even mild ones.

TÜ scientists to study schoolyear's effect on COVID-19 spread

21.09.20 ... On Monday, scientists at the University of Tartu (TÜ) will begin a nation-wide monitoring study to assess the effect of the new school year on the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Health Board recommends canceling parties

20.09.20 ... The Health Board emphasizes that the next three weeks will be critical in terms of stopping the coronavirus, which is why it would be sensible to cancel all parties and family gatherings.

Unemployment Insurance Fund employee diagnosed with coronavirus

20.09.20 ... An employee of the Jõhvi bureau of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund has tested positive for COVID-19. People who could have had contact with them to be contacted.

Day brings 50 new COVID-19 cases

20.09.20 ... Over the past 24 hours, 1,823 initial COVID-19 tests were administered and 50 people diagnosed in Estonia. The 14-day case rate now stands at 30.78 and the Health Board says the next three weeks will be critical in terms of getting the virus under control.

Health Board: A lot of COVID-19 cases caused by people going to work sick

20.09.20 ... The number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 grew by 61 on Saturday. Acting head of the Health Board Mari-Anne Härma says concerns are warranted as people coming to work sick is what is causing the outbreak.

Foreign minister: Travel to Lithuania from Estonia still quarantine-free

19.09.20 ... Foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) says that Lithuania has made an exception in its coronavirus travel restrictions which would allow Estonians and residents of Estonia to go there without having to self-quarantine, at least in the immediate term.

Health Board: 61 new coronavirus cases in past 24 hours

19.09.20 ... 61 new cases of COVID-19 have emerged in Estonia in the past 24 hours, the Health Board says, primarily in Harju and Ida-Viru counties. The Health Board (Terviseamet), responsible for gathering, collating and publishing the figures, says the next three weeks are a critical time in getting the virus' spread under control, as numbers continue to rise.

Estonia bans direct flights to Sweden, Norway again

19.09.20 ... Estonia has banned direct flights to and from Sweden and Norway as COVID-19 rates in those two countries continue to rise. Direct flights to Sweden in particular have been non-existent through much of the coronavirus pandemic.
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