Coronavirus

139 people hospitalized with Covid, one death

19.09.21 NEWS ... As of the morning of Sunday, September 19, 139 people are in need of hospital treatment for symptomatic COVID-19. Hospitals have a total of 161 patients with the coronavirus of whom 113 or 70.2 percent are unvaccinated and 48 (29.8 percent) have completed their vaccination cycle.

Health Board: 154 hospitalized patients, 391 new covid cases, three deaths

18.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Saturday morning, 154 people are being treated in hospital for coronavirus and 391 new cases were diagnosed during the last day. Three people died.

Travel restrictions for arrivals to Estonia from September 20

18.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Only five European countries will be on Estonia's green list from Monday, September 20.

High demand for newly delivered Janssen coronavirus vaccines

18.09.21 NEWS ... People rushed to book doses of the one-shot coronavirus vaccine Janssen this week after six weeks without deliveries. In total, 4,200 doses arrived this week.

Wastewater study shows even spread of coronavirus throughout Estonia

17.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The coronavirus has spread evenly all over Estonia the results of the University of Tartu's latest wastewater study shows.

Justice chancellor: Riigikogu should debate coronavirus restrictions

17.09.21 NEWS ... There is a clear difference between whether significant restrictions are imposed by the government or the parliament, as the multiplicity of views and understandings in the Riigikogu should ensure that the decision made is the best possible, Chancellor of Justice Ülle Madise said.

Health Board spot-checking Tallinn eateries for coronavirus certificates

17.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Tallinn eateries are being spot-checked to ensure compliance with coronavirus certificate rules. The PPA and Health Board are carrying out the patrols.

Minister: We cannot be happy until all care home workers are vaccinated

17.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Minister of Social Protection Signe Riisalo (Reform) said that although getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is voluntary, people refusing vaccines should not work in care homes. She noted that the situation is not solved before all care home workers are inoculated.

Care homes can dismiss unvaccinated workers, but replacements hard to find

17.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Data from the Health Board shows that there are currently COVID-19 outbreaks in 15 Estonian care homes and infections there mostly stem from unvaccinated workers. The social ministry says care homes can dismiss unvaccinated workers, but care homes say it is very hard to find replacements at the current wage level.

Health Board: 174 hospitalized patients, 532 new covid cases, three deaths

17.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Friday morning, 174 patients are being treated in hospitals across Estonia and 532 new cases were recorded in the last day, data from the Health Board shows. Of the hospitalized patients, 123 (70.7 percent) are unvaccinated and 51 (29.3 percent) are vaccinated.

Government decides to ease Hiiu County and smaller island restrictions

17.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The government made a decision on Thursday to abandon the mask-wearing obligation and to ease hobby education restrictions in Hiiumaa and other smaller permanently inhabited islands, such as Kihnu, Ruhnu and Vormsi.

Minister: Compensation for unvaccinated people could be stopped

16.09.21 NEWS ... Quarantine salary compensation may be stopped for unvaccinated close contacts from next year, Minister of Health and Labor Tanel Kiik (Center) has said.

Government still discussing lifting Hiiu County's covid restrictions

16.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The government will continue to discuss Hiiu County's exemption from coronavirus restrictions, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform) said on Thursday.

Education ministry: Completely stopping spread of covid-19 is unrealistic

16.09.21 NEWS ... Many schools have already moved to distance learning as more and more outbreaks of coronavirus emerge. The Ministry of Education and Research does not consider this reasonable.

Health Board: five deaths, 162 hospitalized patients, 510 new covid cases

16.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Five people infected with coronavirus died in the last day and 510 new cases were diagnosed, the Health Board (Terviseamet) said. As of Wednesday morning, 162 people are being treated in hospital.

State planning to scrap PCR coronavirus testing from 2022

16.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Plans to end extensive PCR coronavirus testing and move to antigen tests are being mulled by the government, Minister of Health and Labor Tanel Kiik (Center) said on Wednesday.

Gallery: SAPTK brings covid restrictions complaint to court

15.09.21 NEWS ... On Wednesday, the Tallinn Administrative Court began hearing an appeal from the Foundation for the Protection of the Family and Tradition (SAPTK) which challenges the coronavirus restrictions imposed by the government.

University rector: Replace vaccination campaigns with personal counseling

16.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The rector of the University of Tartu has said vaccination campaigns should be replaced by personal counseling to help increase the coronavirus vaccination rate.

Next stage of coronavirus antibody prevalence study starts

16.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... More than 2,000 people will be contacted to participate in a study measuring coronavirus antibody prevalence over the next two weeks.

Outbreaks most common in care homes, schools, kindergartens and workplaces

15.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Estonia's R rate has increased nationally to 1.1 from 1.05 the week before, the Health Board's weekly coronavirus overview reports. In addition, the structure of outbreaks is beginning to change with care homes, education establishments and workplaces being the most common sites.

Estonia 'borrows' 10,000 Janssen coronavirus vaccine doses from Spain

15.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Ten thousand doses of the one-shot coronavirus vaccine Janssen will arrive in Estonia next week which have been 'borrowed' from Spain.

Health minister: Mask rule may be lifted for vaccinated people

15.09.21 NEWS ... One way to encourage vaccination would be to lift the obligation for vaccinated people to wear a mask, Minister of Health and Labor Tanel Kiik (Center) suggested on Wednesday.

Health Board: 165 hospitalized patients, 525 new covid cases, two deaths

15.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Wednesday morning, 165 patients are being treated in hospitals across Estonia and 525 new cases were recorded in the last day, data from the Health Board shows. Of the hospitalized patients, 119 (72.1 percent) are unvaccinated and 46 (27.9 percent) are vaccinated.

Island municipality mayors have different views on dropping restrictions

15.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Local municipality mayors on Estonia's islands have different opinions when it comes to dropping coronavirus restrictions. Some prefer to remain cautious, while others want restrictions in areas with high vaccination rates to be dropped as soon as possible.

Tartu's third coronavirus wave started earlier than previously thought

14.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... An increase in the numbers of covid-19 patients in Tartu University Hospital started much earlier than was believed in the summer, Tartu Postimees reported. Currently, there is a lack of medical staff which has been exacerbated with every outbreak.

Scientific council head: Schools can't easily move to distance learning

14.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The head of the government's scientific council Professor Irja Lutsar stressed that schools should not lightly send children to distance learning when coronavirus infections are detected. She agreed with the idea of ​​removing coronavirus restrictions in Hiiu County, which has a high level of vaccination.

1.01 percent of AstraZeneca vaccine recipients have caught covid

14.09.21 NEWS ... The vast majority of vaccine doses administered in Estonia have been Pfizer, but the highest number of cases caught after vaccination is among people who received AstraZeneca. However, this number is only 1.01 percent of the total.

Health Board: 171 hospitalized patients, 473 new covid cases

14.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Tuesday morning, 171 patients are being treated in hospital for coronavirus, the Health Board (Terviseamet) said. There were 473 new cases diagnosed in the last day.

Prime minister: Hiiu County could lose restrictions

13.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform) proposed to the government's advisory scientific council that coronavirus restrictions could be dropped completely in Hiiu County, which has Estonia's highest vaccination tempo.

More than 2,000 Janssen doses expected to arrive this week

13.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Approximately 2,400 doses of the one-shot Janssen vaccine are expected to arrive in Estonia this week after a month with no deliveries.

Health Board: 176 hospitalized patients, 268 new covid cases, one death

13.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Monday morning, 176 patients are being treated in hospitals across Estonia and 268 new cases were recorded in the last day, data from the Health Board shows. Of the hospitalized patients, 128 (72.7 percent) are unvaccinated and 48 (27.3 percent) are vaccinated.

Most hospitalized COVID-19 patients are unvaccinated

13.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The head of the University of Tartu Clinic's crisis committee Joel Starkopf told ETV's morning show "Terevisioon" that the central location for the coronavirus in Estonia is still South Estonia, where most of the hospitalized patients are unvaccinated.

50,000 people must be vaccinated to hit September target

13.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Estonia is on course to miss the coronavirus vaccination goal set for September with 50,000 people still needing a jab to reach the 70 percent coverage target.

Health Board: 168 hospitalized patients, 329 new covid cases, two deaths

12.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... 168 people were being treated in hospital for coronavirus on Sunday morning, the Health Board (Terviseamet) said. There were 329 new cases diagnosed and two deaths during the last day.

Portal: Major covid outbreak prompts school to switch to remote learning

11.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... A school in Pärnu County has had to switch to distance learning, after over 50 percent of both its students and teachers have either contracted the coronavirus or have been identified as close contacts, portal Delfi reports. The education ministry required in-class teaching ahead of the new academic year, which started September 1.

Health Board: 168 hospitalized patients, 493 new covid cases, one death

11.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... A total of 168 people are hospitalized due to the coronavirus, the Health Board (Terviseamet) reports, up from 150 the previous day. 140 of those in hospital due to the virus have symptomatic COVID-19. 493 new coronavirus cases were identified in Estonia in the past 24 hours, and one death relating to the virus was reported.

Three EU states join Estonia's travel restrictions 'red' list from Monday

11.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Unvaccinated arrivals from three European Union states, Austria, Croatia and the Netherlands, will from Monday have to undergo a 10-day quarantine period when they come to Estonia, after those countries were moved to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' 'Red' coronavirus arrivals risk list due to rising coronavirus rates.

Government updates COVID-19 risk matrix

10.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... On Thursday, the government announced an update to the COVID-19 risk matrix, which will now display four different risk levels.

Health Board: 150 hospitalized patients, 540 new covid cases, two deaths

10.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Friday morning, 150 patients are being treated in hospitals across Estonia and 540 new cases were recorded in the last day, data from the Health Board shows. Of the hospitalized patients, 116 (77.3 percent) are unvaccinated and 34 (22.7 percent) are vaccinated.

Scientific council: Long way to go before restrictions can be dropped

10.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... While Nordic countries are announcing that they are dropping coronavirus restrictions or that they have reached their desired levels of vaccinations, Estonia still has a long ways to go, the government's scientific council head Irja Lutsar told ERR.

Prime minister: Strong economic forecast testimony to government policies

09.09.21 ECONOMY ... A more-optimistic-than-expected summer economic forecast stands testimony to the government's crisis management policy, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform) said Thursday, the first day of the 2022 state budget cabinet talks.

Statistician: More at-risk groups vaccination would slash hospitalizations

09.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Coronavirus vaccine coverage of the elderly in Estonia of 80-90 percent would have resulted in hospitalizations around one fifth of the current level, statistician Krista Fischer says. Nationwide, 65 percent of adults are currently vaccinated, the Health Board (Terviseamet) says.

Isolation requirement for close contacts at school creates confusion

09.09.21 AT A GLANCE ... The isolation requirement for close contacts at school is creating confusion among parents, ERR's online news in Estonian reports, with a lack of comprehension on why staying in isolation is dependent on the location of where a student came into contact with an infected person. Why a child that was in close contact with an infected person during extra-curricular activities can't go to school has also met with pushback.

Health Board: 151 hospitalizations, 467 new covid cases, two deaths

09.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... 151 people required hospitalization due to the coronavirus as of Thursday morning, the Health Board (Terviseamet) says, one fewer than the previous day. 467 new coronavirus cases have been found in Estonia in the past 24 hours, while two people who had contracted the virus have died over the same period.

Estonia's coronavirus infection rate falls to 1.05

08.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Estonia's coronavirus infection rate - R - has decreased nationally to 1.05 from 1.15 the week prior, the Health Board's weekly coronavirus overview reads.

Scientist: Delta strain needs new and different decisions from politicians

08.09.21 NEWS ... Researcher of molecular immunology at the University of Tartu Uku Haljasorg says that politicians are basing their decisions in the coronavirus situation from data from previous strains, but in the case of the delta strain, a different approach is required. He also recommends asking the opinion of the scientific community more.

Health Board: 152 hospitalized patients, 488 new covid cases

08.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Wednesday morning, 152 patients are being treated in hospitals across Estonia and 488 new cases were recorded in the last day, data from the Health Board shows. Of the hospitalized patients, 121 (79.6 percent) are unvaccinated and 31 (20.4 percent) are vaccinated.

Estonia plans to 'borrow' Janssen vaccines from EU countries

07.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Estonia is planning to "borrow" one-shot Janssen vaccines from other countries and it is thought the plans will be announced on Thursday, Minister of Health and Labor Tanel Kiik (Center) said on Tuesday.

Scientific council discussing conditions for lifting covid restrictions

07.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The government's scientific advisory council is discussing when and under what circumstances coronavirus restrictions should be completely abolished in Estonia. It is likely a high level of vaccination will be a requirement.

Health Board: 144 hospitalized patients, three deaths, 391 new cases

07.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Tuesday morning, 144 people are being treated in hospital for coronavirus, the Health Board (Terviseamet) said. There were three deaths and 391 new cases.
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