Coronavirus

Estonia to join Valneva covid-19 vaccine pre-purchase agreement

24.06.21 NEWS ... Estonia will join the EU pre-purchase agreement with vaccine manufacturer Valneva for an initial 10,000 doses of vaccine which is expected to be ready next year.

Vaccination center to open in Narva shopping center

24.06.21 NEWS ... A covid-19 vaccination center will open in a Narva shopping center to try and encourage people to get vaccinated. Ida-Viru County is the region with the lowest vaccination rate in Estonia.

Health Board: 18 new coronavirus cases diagnosed

24.06.21 NEWS ... Eighteen new coronavirus cases were diagnosed during the last day, the Health Board (Terviseamet) said on Thursday.

Coronavirus risk level falls to lowest indicator, Green

23.06.21 NEWS ... Estonia's coronavirus risk level dropped to Green, the lowest-risk category, on Tuesday.

Health Board: 25 new coronavirus cases in past 24 hours, no deaths

23.06.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Twenty-five coronavirus cases have been detected in Estonia in the past twenty-four hours, the Health Board (Terviseamet) says. No deaths relating to the virus have been reported over the same period.

Spa center files legal action over COVID-19 restrictions

22.06.21 CORONAVIRUS ... A Tallinn spa has lodged a legal action over coronavirus restrictions which, it says, saw it closed for considerably longer than other tourism- and entertainment-related firms, such as restaurants and hotels, themselves the subject of restrictions during the pandemic.

Fifty-percent indoor occupancy COVID-19 restriction gone from Wednesday

22.06.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The fifty-percent occupancy requirement is to be lifted from Wednesday, June 23, on those indoor public places where it was still in place, including stores, restaurants and cafes, the government has announced.

Lutsar: To coexist with coronavirus, vaccination must increase

22.06.21 NEWS ... A third wave of the coronavirus may occur in autumn but if enough people are vaccinated society should be able to withstand it more easily, said Professor Irja Lutsar, head of the government's research council on Tuesday.

Fuel companies say gas prices may reach all-time high in Estonia

22.06.21 ECONOMY ... Gasoline prices in Estonia have been steadily rising due to several factors, including recovery from the pandemic and world crude oil prices creeping up. Spokespersons for some of the major fuel retailers in Estonia agree that this trend looks set to continue through summer, and may result in all-time record prices at pump.

Health Board: 37 new coronavirus cases diagnosed, one death

22.06.21 NEWS ... Thirty-seven cases of coronavirus were reported during the last day, the Health Board said on Tuesday.

AK: Lifted restrictions not yet led to more arrivals from Russia, Finland

22.06.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Estonia opened its borders Monday to vaccinated arrivals from so-called third countries, referring primarily to non-European Union states and in practice mainly affecting Russian citizens and the Russian Federation, ETV news show 'Aktuaalne kaamera' (AK) reported.

Audit office: KredEx loan refusals not adequately explained to applicants

21.06.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The handling of loan applications by a state body which doled out several very high-profile sums, and many much smaller ones, in the early phase of the coronavirus pandemic, was not consistent, the National Audit Office (Riigikontroll) finds, particularly with regard to loan rejections.

96,750 coronavirus vaccine doses due in Estonia this week

21.06.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Close to 97,000 anti-coronavirus vaccine doses are due in Estonia this week. Since Wednesday and Thursday are national holidays and vaccination centers mostly closed, less than half of this total will actually be administered.

Health Board: 12 new COVID-19 cases found in past 24 hours, no deaths

21.06.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Twelve new coronavirus cases have been detected in Estonia in the past twenty-four hours, the Health Board (Tervisamet) says. This is the lowest daily figure since October last year.

Record 70,000-plus COVID-19 vaccinations issued in Estonia last week

21.06.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Over seventy thousand anti-coronavirus vaccines were administered in Estonia in the week commencing Monday, June 14, a record figure since supplies started arriving at the beginning of the year. Vaccine coverage has just surpassed fifty percent of the adult population.

AK: Church bells tolled in memory of those passed away due to coronavirus

21.06.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Church bells were tolled across Estonia at noon Sunday, to commemorate all those who have died from coronavirus-related causes since the pandemic began, ETV news show 'Aktuaalne kaamera' (AK) reported Sunday evening.

Day brings 25 Covid cases

20.06.21 NEWS ... Data from the Health Board suggests Estonia analyzed 2,825 tests for the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the last 24 hours of which 25 or 0.9 percent were positive.

Health Board: 30 new coronavirus cases, no deaths

19.06.21 NEWS ... Thirty new coronavirus cases were diagnosed during the last day, the Health Board (Terviseamet) said on Saturday. There were no deaths.

Travelers from two EU countries must quarantine on arrival from June 21

19.06.21 NEWS ... Travelers from two European countries must quarantine on arrival to Estonia from June 21, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday. The rules have been updated for travelers arriving from third countries.

Cabinet leans towards keeping under-scrutiny rural body as separate entity

18.06.21 POLITICS ... A body tasked with issuing loans to rural businesses which has recently been under scrutiny over its handling of funding aimed at alleviating the effects of the coronavirus pandemic may not be merged with state agency KredEx after all.

Wastewater analysis shows low level of coronavirus

18.06.21 NEWS ... This week's results of the wastewater analysis confirm a continuous decline of coronavirus.

Health Board: 56 new coronavirus cases diagnosed

18.06.21 NEWS ... Fifty-six new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed during the last day, the Health Board (Terviseamet) said on Friday.

Riigikogu member fined €400 for breaking covid rules

18.06.21 NEWS ... Member of the Riigikogu Aivar Kokk (Isamaa) has been fined €400 by the Health Board after breaking coronavirus quarantine restrictions.

Watch Live: VIII World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples final sessions

18.06.21 CULTURE ... The VIII World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples continues Friday, its final day, and the final sessions plus the closing ceremony can be watched live on ERR News, together with simultaneous translation into English, from 10.00 a.m. Estonian time.

Another state agency under scrutiny over loan issuing may face merger

17.06.21 NEWS ... Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform) says that options are being investigated for merging a body dealing with issuing rural support funds with two other state agencies. Of the three currently separate organizations, two have faced allegations of irregularities in issuing loans and other support during the coronavirus pandemic.

Estonia to donate 900,000 surplus doses of AstraZeneca vaccine

17.06.21 NEWS ... The Estonian government has decided to donate 900,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine both through the COVAX initiative as well as directly to the Eastern Partnership states.

Finnish government opts to open borders to vaccinated travelers from Monday

17.06.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The Finnish government has decided to reopen the country's borders to all vaccinated individuals from Monday, ending weeks of speculation both on when regular commuting between Estonia and Finland could resume, and how long Estonia's northern neighbor would be able to pursue a more rigid travel entry regime than European Union free movement rules dictate.

Tallinn launches vaccination campaign

17.06.21 NEWS ... The City of Tallinn has launched a campaign this week calling for everyone to get vaccinated and encouraging those who have not done so to register.

Health Board: 40 new cases of coronavirus diagnosed

17.06.21 NEWS ... Forty new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed during the last day, the Health Board (Terviseamet) said on Thursday.

June 20 suggested as covid victims memorial day

17.06.21 NEWS ... Social institutions and associations are calling for victims of coronavirus to be commemorated on June 20. They suggest people visit churches, light candles and plant trees in memory.

Coronavirus round-up: June 6-13

16.06.21 NEWS ... There were 380 cases of coronavirus diagnosed compared to 612 the week before. There were two deaths, the lowest for months.

Tallinn mayor concerned over drop in vaccination numbers

16.06.21 NEWS ... Mayor of Tallinn Mihhail Kõlvart (Center) expressed concern on Wednesday that the number of covid-19 vaccines administered in the capital has fallen in recent weeks.

12-15-year-olds can be registered for covid vaccinations from Thursday

16.06.21 NEWS ... Parents or guardians can register 12-15-year-olds for coronavirus vaccinations from Thursday (June 17), head of the vaccination workgroup Marek Seer has said.

Delta strain coronavirus cases have doubled in 10 days

16.06.21 NEWS ... Despite a low number of new infections, cases with the delta (Indian) variant have doubled in the past 10 days and pose a threat, Mari-Anne Härma, deputy director general of the Estonian Health Board, said on Wednesday.

News agency: Finland opening borders to work commuters next week

16.06.21 NEWS ... Finland is set to ease entry restrictions from next week, Finnish newswire STT reports. The move, which STT says the Finnish government will rule on on Thursday, will likely, if it goes ahead, allow Estonian citizens and residents who had been unable to commute between the two countries, as they had done in pre-pandemic times, to resume doing so. Additionally, all those who can prove they have completed an anti-coronavirus vaccination course will also be allowed to enter Finland freely, it is reported.

Central Bank revises 2021 growth forecast upward, to at least 5.3 percent

16.06.21 ECONOMY ... The Bank of Estonia (Eesti Pank) has issued its summer economic forecast, saying that economic growth for 2021 could be as high as 8.2 percent in a 'sharp growth' scenario, or stand at 5.3 percent in a more conservative estimate, adding that Estonia has demonstrated one of the most rapid bounce-backs from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic of any European country.

August's Tallinn Old Town Days itinerary unveiled

16.06.21 CULTURE ... Tallinn's annual Old Town Days event will go ahead this August, with this year's theme focusing on myths and legends, as well as historically factual stories, connected with the capital, ERR's Menu portal reports.

Health Board: 59 new coronavirus cases

16.06.21 NEWS ... Fifty-nine new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed during the last day, the Health Board (Terviseamet) said on Wednesday.

LSM: Latvia eases non-essential travel entry restrictions

16.06.21 NEWS ... Latvia will ease restrictions for non-essential travel from Wednesday (June 16).

Auditor: Rural agency gave out 'coronavirus' loans virtually as cash cow

15.06.21 POLITICS ... A body tasked with issuing state support to rural businesses has been issuing funds aimed at mitigating the effects of the coronavirus crisis to enterprises not obviously hit by it, the National Audit Office (Riigikontroll) says. Meanwhile rural affairs minister Urmas Kruuse (Reform) – who was not in office at the time the loans were issued – said the oversights were nothing out-of-the-ordinary as regards state bodies in general, and that it had not been stressed to his ministry or the relevant state agency that apply standardized loan processing procedures was required.

Estonia's infection rate continues to fall

15.06.21 NEWS ... Estonia's infection rate - R - has continued to fall and this week measures at 0.7 compared to 0.74 a week ago, the Health Board said in its weekly review.

Government further relaxes COVID-19 restrictions

15.06.21 NEWS ... The government decided on Tuesday to further relax COVID-19 restrictions from June 28 by raising permitted attendance numbers for indoor and outdoor events alike.

Researcher: Size of Estonia's third covid wave depends on vaccination level

15.06.21 NEWS ... The size of Estonia's third coronavirus wave will depend on the number of people who are vaccinated this summer, Mario Kadastik, a member of the government's scientific council and a senior researcher, told ERR.

Tallink reopens Tallinn-Stockholm route

15.06.21 NEWS ... Tallink will reopen the Tallinn-Stockholm ferry line on July 9 almost 16 months after it closed due to coronavirus.

Health Board: 61 new coronavirus cases diagnosed

15.06.21 NEWS ... Sixty-one new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed in the last day, the Health Board said on Tuesday.

77 side effects reported after vaccination last week

15.06.21 NEWS ... Last week, 67,465 vaccine doses were administered in Estonia and 77 potential side effects were reported to the Agency of Medicines. This is 0.11 percent of the total.

Coronavirus vaccination recommended age lowered to 12

14.06.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Coronavirus vaccinations will soon be available to children age 12 and over, following a decision Monday by a government task force to recommend the change, though details have yet to be formulated, ERR's online news in Estonian reports.

Health Board: 28 new coronavirus cases in past 24 hours, no deaths

14.06.21 CORONAVIRUS ... A total of 28 new coronavirus cases have been found in Estonia in the past 24 hours, the Health Board (Terviseamet) says. No deaths were reported relating to the virus during that time.

Day brings 37 new Covid cases

13.06.21 NEWS ... Estonia analyzed 2,751 tests for the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the last 24 hours of which 37 or 1.3 percent returned positive.

Tallinn-Helsinki commuters can get vaccinated on Tallink ferries in June

12.06.21 NEWS ... Passengers commuting between Estonia and Finland on June 17 and 18 will be offered an opportunity to get vaccinated against coronavirus during their voyage.
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