30.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Around a quarter-of-a-million disposed medical masks have been collected under a recycling scheme in Tallinn, in the five months of the project's operation.
30.11.21 ECONOMY ... While worldwide coronavirus spread and the accompanying restrictions swept the ground from under the feet of many companies, clinical laboratory SYNLAB has seen its profits go up five-fold during the pandemic.
30.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... A Tallinn cafe has been ordered to close for business, due to non-compliance with coronavirus restrictions. Cafe staff had been instructed to not check customers' coronavirus certification and identity, ERR reports.
30.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... In relation to the worldwide spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant, the government cabinet decided on Tuesday to impose a testing requirement on eight Southern African countries, along with Egypt and Turkey.
30.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Tuesday morning, 296 coronavirus patients are being treated in hospitals across Estonia and 724 new cases were recorded in the last day, data from the Health Board shows. There were two deaths.
30.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Narva Hospital has put the brakes on its vaccination bus service, since there were too few people using it and maintenance got too costly for the hospital.
30.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The foreign ministry has issued a statement advising against travel both to South Africa and the southern African region, following a joint decision made by European Union member states in the wake of the Omicron coronavirus strain detected in South Africa late last week.
30.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Head of the government's scientific council Irja Lutsar said the experts do not support easing restrictions in Estonia. They recommended the government start testing travelers arriving from Southern African countries.
29.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Regardless of the coronavirus spread lowering considerably in Estonia recently, Tuesday's government cabinet sitting is unlikely to result in any restrictions being eased. The new Omicron variant of the virus could instead see more restrictions imposed on arrivals from abroad, Minister of Health and Labor Tanel Kiik (Center) said.
29.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... There are 306 patients being treated for coronavirus in Estonia's hospitals on Monday, the Health Board said. Seven people died during the last day and 311 new cases were confirmed.
29.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Estonia is increasing its coronavirus testing capacity after the discovery of new strain Omicron last week, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication said on Sunday.
29.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... It would be illogical if the existing coronavirus vaccines do not work at all against new strains of the coronavirus, including the latest Omicron, Virology Professor Irja Lutsar said on Monday.
28.11.21 NEWS ... Estonia's COVID-19 indicators have improved enough to warrant moving the threat level from orange to yellow.
28.11.21 NEWS ... The coronavirus crisis has highlighted the strengths and weaknesses of the Estonian medical system, the Estonian Medical Association said in a statement.
28.11.21 NEWS ... The number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus grew by five to 290 in the last 24 hours of whom 240 need treatment for severe COVID-19. Of those hospitalized, 171 or 72 percent are unvaccinated and 68 or 28 percent have completed their vaccination course.
27.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Arrivals from all European states are in effect subject to coronavirus restrictions from Monday, November 29, after Spain moved down from the 'Green' list, to the 'Yellow' list, the foreign ministry announced Friday. Finland, France, Monaco and Portugal have also moved down to the 'Red' list starting from Monday.
27.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The total number of people hospitalized in Estonia due to the coronavirus has fallen to 285, from 333 a day earlier, the Health Board (Terviseamet) reported Saturday morning. 646 new coronavirus cases have been identified in the past 24 hours, while eight people who had contracted the virus have died over the same time period.
27.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... A total of 2,742 coronavirus cases have been found in schools in the four weeks since rapid testing began. A week ago, the figure stood at 2,283, meaning 459 new cases were found in the past week.
27.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The Health Board (Terviseamet) is urging all arrivals in Estonia to get a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) Covid test in the wake of the freshly-reported Omicron/B.1.1.529 strain. No cases of the variant have been found in Estonia to date.
26.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The nine-month validity period for Covid vaccination certificates which the European Commission recently proposed is reasonable, health minister Tanel Kiik (Center) told ETV news show 'Aktuaalne kaamera' (AK) Thursday evening, while what is now needed is Europe-wide consensus on the common validity period, he continued, in an interview which follows.
26.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Health minister Tanel Kiik (Center) says that the government was already aware of concerns expressed by a Supreme Court judge on Thursday, over the far-reaching nature of the government orders which put Covid restrictions in place.
26.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... There are considerable regional differences in the level of coronavirus in wastewater, the latest study shows, although the situation remains "fairly stable" overall.
26.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Friday morning, 313 coronavirus patients are being treated in hospitals across Estonia and 636 new cases were recorded in the last day, data from the Health Board shows. There were eight deaths.
25.11.21 NEWS ... The government considered the men's basketball World Cup qualification game between the Estonian and Israeli national teams taking place this Sunday to be an event of overriding public interest and will allow up to 3,360 spectators, exceeding the regular Covid limit by over 200 percent.
25.11.21 NEWS ... Estonian hospitals will receive a total of €12.6 million in support for the creation of oxygen treatment isolation wards, which will primarily be used for the treatment of coronavirus patients.
25.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... General government orders aimed at establishing restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic should be more limited in scope, according to one Supreme Court judge, while legal precedent should shed more light on this, he said.
25.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... No grounds exist for suspending the Estonian Defense Forces (EDF) current vaccination requirement, put in place in late summer, the Supreme Court found, following rulings by lower tier courts which overruled former EDF members who had refused to get vaccinated and were dismissed. The court also dismissed an application for interim relief, i.e. the temporary lifting of their dismissal.
25.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... It is likely new drugs to fight coronavirus will arrive in Estonia in January and the government will allocate almost 20 million for their purchase. Currently, several medicines are awaiting authorization from the EU.
25.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Should the Covid epidemiological picture in Estonia fall to the 'Yellow' (medium) level from its current rating of 'Orange' (high), the current regulation requiring entertainment venues and events to close at 11 p.m. can be lifted, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform) says.
25.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... In comparison with other European countries, Estonia reached the peak of its latest coronavirus wave much faster, the acting director general of the Health Board has said.
25.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... On Thursday, 333 patients are being treated for coronavirus in hospital, the Health Board said. There were 619 new cases and 10 deaths.
25.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Estonia will continue to impose restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus even if infection rates are low and stabilized, the Health Board announced on Wednesday. Schools are called to cancel their Christmas celebrations.
24.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... In a response to Isamaa Party chairman and MP Helir-Valdor Seeder, the National Audit Office said on Wednesday that the Ministry of Social Affairs should make it possible for MPs to look at vaccine purchase contracts.
24.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Tallinn has launched a coronavirus vaccination campaign encouraging the city's residents to "Give your family a safe Christmas!"
24.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The Ministry of Education and Research recommends schools only conduct testing on unvaccinated members of the school family and those who have not recovered from the coronavirus in the previous six months.
24.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Wednesday morning, 376 coronavirus patients are being treated in hospitals across Estonia and 655 new cases were recorded in the last day, data from the Health Board shows. There were nine deaths.
24.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Coronavirus passes created by the state are valid for 12 months when used inside Estonia, the Ministry of Social Affairs has said. However, travelers must create a new coronavirus pass after six months if they plan to leave the country.
24.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... More people have stayed home from work this year due to the extensive spread of the coronavirus than in the previous year, which was already a record-breaking year in terms of sick leave. Health Insurance Fund data does not show the rate decreasing as people have been more cautious in spreading the coronavirus.
24.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Although the Riigikogu has decided to go to remote sittings in November to curb the spread of the coronavirus, MPs are participating in face-to-face meetings and travel outside of Estonia.
24.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The Ministry of Education and Research chose Medesto Logistics OÜ to be the new supplier of rapid tests for school testing.
23.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... At a meeting with Tallinn municipal school managers, the city government decided that contact learning will resume in all grades of the capital's schools from next week, while schools will be entitled to assess the situation and change the arrangement of schooling themselves as necessary.
23.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The Office of the Prosecutor General does not make moral and ethical assessments on gatherings and speeches where points of view are expressed, the office says, making its remarks in the context of its rejection of a criminal complaint from a senior Tallinn doctor over protests and statements made by a politician and the head of a conservative think-tank.
23.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Although the government decided to allocate €4.25 million for the purchase of COVID-19 medicines meant for home treatment, the Health Insurance Fund admits that the medicines are unlikely to make it to Estonia this year.
23.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Tuesday morning, 417 coronavirus patients are being treated in hospitals across Estonia and 821 new cases were recorded in the last day, data from the Health Board shows. There were eight deaths.
23.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... As student rapid testing in schools is based on trust, there have been cases, where the Ministry of Education and Research has seen children skip testing before school starts. The ministry hopes the problem is not extensive.
22.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Austria has recently announced a decision to impose very strict restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus, also imposed on those completely vaccinated or recovered from the coronavirus. Among other things, hotels in Austria have been closed for all tourism, yet Ryanair still offers flights from Tallinn to Vienna.
22.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The number of vaccine doses administered to people previously unvaccinated was down a fifth last week compared to the week prior.
22.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... On Monday morning, 445 patients with coronavirus are being treated in hospital, the Health Board said. There were 403 new cases and 11 deaths during the last day.
22.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Almost 90 percent of people are following the government's guidance to wear masks in public, a new survey shows. Meanwhile, people's sense of danger has dropped.
22.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Most of the scheduled surgeries postponed by coronavirus will be carried out this year as hospitals have been able to manage between the virus waves, the Estonian Health Insurance Fund has said.