Coronavirus

One new case of coronavirus diagnosed in last 24 hours

14.07.20 ... Over the past 24 hours, 426 tests of the SARS-CoV-2 virus were analyzed in Estonia, with one case of COVID-19 diagnosed in Harju County.

Bank of Estonia: Estonia's current account surplus €104 million in May

14.07.20 ... The Bank of Estonia's flash estimate put the Estonian state's current account at €104 million in surplus in May 2020. The drop in the turnover of goods and services from a year earlier was larger than in April

Visitor numbers to Estonian tourist farms, spas are similar to last summer

14.07.20 ... While Tallinn's hotels are facing a difficult summer due to the coronavirus crisis, the number of visitors to hotels, tourist farms and spas in many parts of the country is similar to last summer as Estonians are rediscovering their homeland this year.

Statistics: Increase in Estonians visiting Latvia in June

14.07.20 ... Estonian bank data about transactions made abroad shows there has been an increase in the number of Estonians visiting Latvia this summer compared to last year.

Emergency situation restrictions did not lead to spike in pregnancies

13.07.20 ... Since the start of the emergency situation triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, there have been jokes predicting a baby boom this upcoming winter. However, Health Insurance Fund data shows there has been no spike in the number of pregnancies — if anything, there has been a drop instead.

Health Board short on PPE and medicine for possible second wave of COVID-19

13.07.20 ... Health Board's (Terviseamet) current supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and medicine is not enough to last a month in case of the second wave of COVID-19. If PPE is to be acquired in the autumn, medicine will not be resupplied before 2021.

Flights to 26 destinations available from Tallinn Airport

13.07.20 ... In July, new routes will be opened from Tallinn Airport to 12 destinations, including London, Milan, Edinburgh, Malaga, Girona, Dusseldorf, Dublin, Oslo and Warsaw, as travel restrictions applied due to the coronavirus crisis are being gradually lifted and connections with major European destinations are being restored.

Opening of Russian flight routes depends on coronavirus infection rate

13.07.20 ... The Russian airline Aeroflot wants to restart flights between Estonia and Moscow in August, but both Tallinn Airport and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications have said this will depend on the infection rate in Russia.

Two Kuremäe nuns test positive for coronavirus

11.07.20 ... The novel coronavirus has spread among two families in Estonia — one of them a family of four in Tallinn, and the other a family that recently held a birthday party in the Northeastern Estonian town of Narva-Jõesuu after which six of the 12 attendees contracted the virus. In addition, two nuns from the Pühtitsa Dormition Convent (Kuremäe Convent) in Ida-Viru County likewise tested positive for the virus on Friday, daily Postimees reports.

Unemployment slowing, more job vacancies on offer in June

13.07.20 ... Registered unemployment is continuing to grow but at a slower pace than before and the number of job offers has started to grow. At the end of June, 51,026 people, or 7.9 percent of the labor force, were registered as unemployed.

Coronavirus round-up: July 6-12

13.07.20 ... Last week, the number of new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnosed in Estonia was 21 compared to seven the week before.

No new cases of coronavirus diagnosed over weekend

13.07.20 ... No new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) were diagnosed this weekend, official data shows.

Doctors seeking plasma donors who have recovered from coronavirus

13.07.20 ... Fifteen blood plasma donors - who have already had coronavirus (COVID-19) - are being sought by doctors and researchers at Tallinn's North Estonia Medical Center, Tartu University Hospital and the University of Tartu to help fight a potential second wave later this year.

Schools awaiting clarity on handling foreign students amid corona threat

11.07.20 ... Institutes of higher education in Estonia are awaiting clearer guidelines from the government regarding how to handle foreign students while the threat of the novel coronavirus still persists. Among other matters that currently remain unclear are whether students arriving from third countries should quarantine or self-isolate upon arrival in the country and who is to foot the bill for possible extra expenses incurred.

Crisis measures work group formed to fight possible second coronavirus wave

11.07.20 ... Minister of Foreign Trade and IT Raul Siem has formed a crisis measures work group, the goal of which is to prepare for a possible second wave of the novel coronavirus, mitigate its effects on Estonian businesses, analyze the efficiency of economic measures for entrepreneurs and adapt current and future crisis measures to market failures.

Health Board: One new case of coronavirus in past 24 hours

11.07.20 ... According to raw data published by the Health Board late on Saturday morning, one new positive test for the novel coronavirus was confirmed over the preceding 24-hour period.

Arrivals from seven European countries subject to quarantine

11.07.20 ... Based on coronavirus infection rates, starting from Monday, July 13, a two-week self-isolation requirement will apply to people arriving in Estonia from Sweden, Portugal, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic and Luxembourg.

ERM to lay off employees and limit opening hours for budgetary reasons

10.07.20 ... Regardless of state support, the Estonian National Museum (ERM) has to make cuts totalling close to €500,000 this year. In addition to likely layoffs, the museum will be open on five days a week instead of the current six, starting in September.

LHV analyst: Slowdown deepened in May, won't know truth till fall

10.07.20 ... While Estonia's trade slowdown deepened in May, there were some bright spots, particularly in the retail sector, rejuvenated by the lifting of restrictions, according to an analyst from Estonian bank LHV Pank.

Religious associations to receive €2 million in state support

10.07.20 ... The state will support churches and religious associations with a €2 million package with most of the funds being assigned to cover daily operations. Some churches however want future services broadcasted over the Internet.

Research council recommended lower increases to event capacity limits

10.07.20 ... The Estonian government decided to ease restrictions applicable to public events, meetings and sporting events beginning July 15. The government's coronavirus research council, however, had recommended a stricter easing of restrictions.

Health Board: Two new COVID-19 cases, two families under monitoring

10.07.20 ... Two cases of coronavirus were diagnosed in the last 24 hours and two families are being monitored, the Health Board said on Friday. The number of people being treated in hospital has also increased.

Statistics: Exports, imports fall by a quarter on year to May

10.07.20 ... Exports and imports in Estonia both declined by a quarter on year to May 2020, government agency Statistics Estonia reports. Imports from China did however rise slightly, driven mainly by consignments of personal protective equipment from that country during the coronavirus pandemic.

Spot checks suggest drop in illegal workers on strawberry farms

10.07.20 ... The tax authority and the police have both been inspecting strawberry-growing farms in selected regions of Estonia, finding a fall in the incidence of pickers working illegally.

Rent prices dropped by 25 percent during pandemic

09.07.20 ... The economic crisis caused by the coronavirus has not changed real estate sale prices in Estonia noticeably, but a 10-25 percent decrease in rent prices can be seen, mostly attributed to apartments being freed due to the pandemic.

Government approves €37 million crisis loan to fuel company Alexela

09.07.20 ... The government approved the terms for a €37-million-euro loan for fuel company Alexela Grupp on Thursday. The company has already laid off approximately 100 staff.

Estonia extends flight restrictions until July 28

09.07.20 ... Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Taavi Aas on Wednesday signed an order to maintain flight restrictions at least until July 28.

More than 200 travelers turned away from Estonian border since May

09.07.20 ... More than 200 people have been denied entry to Estonia since the end of the emergency situation in May, the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) said on Thursday.

Foreign tourism in Estonia shows significant signs of recovery

09.07.20 ... In recent weeks, there are positive signs the Estonian tourism industry is recovering after grinding to a halt during the coronavirus crisis and emergency situation. Ferry, bus and plane passengers all have increased since May.

Government eases event spectator capacity restrictions

09.07.20 ... Government has decided to ease restrictions on spectator capacity at public events, both indoors and outdoors, starting from July 15. Due to the magnitude of the event, restrictions for WRC Rally Estonia will be assessed more flexibly.

Wizz Air Tallinn-Kyiv flights halted

09.07.20 ... Hungarian budget airline Wizz Air has been barred from flying between Tallinn and the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, till at least the end of July, due to that country's coronavirus incidence rate.

Health Board: Eight more coronavirus cases diagnosed

09.07.20 ... Eight more positive tests for coronavirus (COVID-19) were recorded in the last 24 hours, the Health Board said on Thursday. The cases were recorded in Harju, Ida-Viru, Lääne and Tartu counties.

Nationwide coronavirus app ready for download from August 20

09.07.20 ... A coronavirus contact tracing app being developed in Estonia will be available to the public for download from August 20 – restoration of independence day – developers say.

SEB sees fall in requests for postponing loan repayments

08.07.20 ... The number of new applicants for a moratorium on loan repayments has fallen among SEB customers. The bank has granted a grace period to approximately 3 percent of its private customers and 12 percent of its business customers, SEB said.

Reform chairman: Taxpayers must pay for stupid decisions made by government

08.07.20 ... Speaking on the "Otse Postimehest" ("Live from Postimees") webcast of the daily Postimees on Wednesday, opposition Reform Party leader Kaja Kallas said that Minister of Rural Affairs Arvo Aller's promise to consider compensating strawberry farmers for their loss is covering up the government's bad choices for taxpayers' money.

Just 35 percent of companies submitted annual reports for June

08.07.20 ... The state extended the deadline for submitting annual reports to October 31 due to possible complications stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. The prior deadline, June 30, saw just 35 percent of registered companies submitting their annual reports.

New covid restrictions if more than 300 cases found in two-week period

08.07.20 ... New restrictions will be imposed if 300 new coronavirus (COVID-19) infections are diagnosed within a two week period, the acting director general of the Health Board said on Wednesday.

Cruise operators not giving up on possible late-season trips to Estonia

08.07.20 ... More than 300 cruise ships were scheduled to call on ports in Estonia this season. While all calls through the end of July remain canceled, some cruise operators are still interested in Tallinn as a destination this season.

German bus company Flixbus to start trips from Baltics on July 16

08.07.20 ... The German bus company Flixbus will launch international travel routes on July 16 from the Baltics to Eastern and Western European cities. The company's start date has been postponed due to coronavirus.

Tallinn University rector: Foreign students' situation still not resolved

08.07.20 ... Tallinn University (TLÜ) Rector Tiit Land has hit out at the lack of clarity surrounding the status of third country students in Estonia, less than two months before the new academic year starts. A lack of communication on the issue between central government and the education ministry has also been reported.

Port of Tallinn passenger throughflow down nearly 82 percent to Q2 2020

08.07.20 ... Passenger numbers traveling through the state-owned Port of Tallinn (Tallinna Sadam) fell by 81.7 percent on year to the second quarter of 2020 (Q2 2020), as the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and resulting border closures made themselves known, the company reports. Cargo volumes actually increased, by over 5 percent, over the same period.

PERH allows patient visits from Thursdays

08.07.20 ... The North Estonia Medical Center is easing restrictions put in place during the emergency situation and from Thursday patients can be visited in hospital. Wearing protective masks will no longer be mandatory.

Health Board: Eight new cases diagnosed in last 24 hours

08.07.20 ... Eight people tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) in the last 24 hours, the Health Board said on Wednesday.

Coronavirus contact tracing app developers to present work in August

08.07.20 ... Developers of an Estonian coronavirus contact tracing application have reached the final stretch and have promised to present the program in August. Estonia has taken longer to develop an app than other countries but the Ministry of Social Affairs promises a quality product to compensate for the time.

Rural affairs minister: Strawberry growers may get compensation

08.07.20 ... Rural affairs minister Arvo Aller (EKRE) said strawberry growers have a case for claiming compensation from the state after a labor shortage led to problems at harvest time.

Economic struggles lead to increase in paying cash-in-hand wages

07.07.20 ... Although the number of recipients of cash-in-hand wages is declining, more difficult economic times increase the pressure to pay envelope wages, it appears from analyses carried out by the Estonian Tax and Customs Board (MTA), the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kaubandus-Tööstuskoda) and the Institute of Economic Research (Konjunktuurinstituut).

Lifting restrictions leads to upsurge in package tours popularity

07.07.20 ... As the travel restrictions get canceled day by day, the result of that is Estonians have started to purchase package tours, but the selection is still a bit poor. Bad weather is one of the reasons why Estonians have decided to travel abroad.

Health Board acting chief: Second coronavirus wave likely

07.07.20 ... A coronavirus second wave in Estonia is probable, though not inevitable, the Health Board (Terviseamet) says, adding that it will monitor three key indicators in assessing the spread of COVID-19.

Minister: New Health Board chief must have background in medicine

07.07.20 ... Any prospective new Health Board (Terviseamet) director should have a work or educational background in medicine, social affairs minister Tanel Kiik (Center) says. The board is to get a new chief to replace the recently departed Merike Jürilo.

Reps: Government's decisions do not affect current foreign students

07.07.20 ... The Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps (Center) said the government's decision to limit issuing residence permits to foreign students and their families does not affect students currently studying in Estonian universities.
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