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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
13.07.20 ... No new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) were diagnosed this weekend, official data shows.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
08.07.20 ... Eight people tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) in the last 24 hours, the Health Board said on Wednesday.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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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