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).
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.
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.
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.
24.11.20 NEWS ... The University of Tartu is to switch to remote teaching from Tuesday, in response to growing COVID-19 numbers.
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.
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.
24.11.20 NEWS ... The Estonian Defense Forces (EDF) is looking at expanding its coronavirus quarantining facilities amid growing numbers among conscripts and others.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
20.11.20 NEWS ... A care home on Saaremaa has imposed a two-month visit ban amid fears of rising coronavirus numbers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
18.11.20 NEWS ... The Estonian Defense Forces (EDF) has suspended all leave until November 30 to combat the spread of COVID-19.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.