Day brings 543 new cases

18.04.21 NEWS ... Estonia analyzed a total of 6,650 tests for the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the last 24 hours of which 543 or 8.1 percent were positive.

Popov: No more unchecked spread of virus in the country

18.04.21 NEWS ... Prime Minister Kaja Kallas suggested that the falling number of new COVID-19 cases makes it possible to consider lifting restrictions from April 26 or start of May. Head of the West Tallinn Central Hospital (LTKH) Arkadi Popov said that the Health Board is restoring control over outbreaks.

65 people have volunteered to work at PERH during coronavirus crisis

17.04.21 NEWS ... During the coronavirus pandemic, 65 people have volunteered to work at Tallinn's North Estonia Medical Center (PERH). These include a sports coach, lighting technician from an Oscar-winning student film and a state agency lawyer.

Health Board: 333 new coronavirus cases diagnosed

17.04.21 CORONAVIRUS ... 333 new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed during the last day, the Health Board (Terviseamet) said on Saturday.

Amount of coronavirus in wastewater decreasing very slowly

17.04.21 NEWS ... There is a persistent yet very slow decline in coronavirus levels in wastewater, the University of Tartu's latest monitoring study has confirmed. There is still a large amount of virus present across Estonia and achieving a moderate level could still take several weeks.

Travel restrictions for arrivals to Estonia: April 19-25

17.04.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Travelers arriving from four countries do not need to quarantine on arrival to Estonia from Monday, April 19.

Fewer people giving blood during pandemic

16.04.21 NEWS ... The coronavirus pandemic has had a negative effect on blood donor rates in Estonia, data shows. The trend for donations has in any case been one of decline in recent years, however.

Government statistician: COVID-19 hospitalizations halved since March

16.04.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The number of people hospitalized in Estonia has halved since March, according to one expert. At the same time, mortality rates remain at about the same level.

Supermarkets appeal for frontline worker vaccination schedule

16.04.21 NEWS ... Supermarket chains Coop, Selver, Maxima, Rimi, Prisma and Circle K have written to the government to request the organization of vaccinations for Estonia's 20,000 grocery store sellers. They want to know how and when frontline retail workers will be vaccinated.

Social Affairs ministry official: Our vaccination plan will work

16.04.21 NEWS ... Despite issues with the AstraZeneca and Janssen vaccines slowing down the vaccination process, enough doses are arriving in Estonia in the next two months to reach everyone willing, deputy chancellor of the Ministry of Social Affairs Maris Jesse has said.

Vaccine passports will end the lockdown, but not for everyone

16.04.21 NEWS ... The idea of "vaccine passports" is popping up all over the world. They could divide the world, but human rights scientists have a plan. Research in Estonia spoke to Estonian scientists about what we know so far.

Health Board: 478 new coronavirus cases, six deaths

16.04.21 CORONAVIRUS ... 478 new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed during the last day, the Health Board (Terviseamet) said on Friday. There are now fewer than 500 patients being treated in hospital.

A mask is sexy: Teenager rallies against Toompea protesters

16.04.21 NEWS ... For the last two weeks, crowds of protesters have gathered in Tallinn's Old Town to rally against the coronavirus restrictions.

Kiik: Vaccination of whole population to start by age group in May

15.04.21 NEWS ... Mass vaccinations for those not in risk groups will start taking place from May, Minister of Health and Labor Tanel Kiik (Center) said on Thursday. Vaccination of those aged 50-69 will take place first, followed by people in the 16-49 group.

Tallinners can now apply for first day sick leave benefiits

15.04.21 NEWS ... Tallinners can now apply for the first day of sick leave from the City of Tallinn after the application process opened on Wednesday.

Estonia halts use of Janssen vaccine awaiting EMA decision

15.04.21 NEWS ... Estonia will suspend the use of the Janssen coronavirus vaccine until the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has issued its report next week, the immunoprophylaxis expert committee agreed on Wednesday.

Hospitals have begun to close coronavirus wards

15.04.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Many hospitals have either completely or partially closed their coronavirus wards. However, people awaiting hospital treatment must still wait as intensive care units are still burdened by the virus and the over-worked healthcare workers need a few days off to recover.

Health Board: 572 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed, seven deaths

15.04.21 CORONAVIRUS ... 572 new coronavirus cases have been found of a total 5,287 tests taken - a rate of 10.8 percent - in Estonia over the past 24 hours, the Health Board announced. Seven deaths were also registered.

Law axing obligation to pass exams to graduate high school passes Riigikogu

15.04.21 NEWS ... A law which can remove the requirement to pass or even take school exams in order to graduate high school passed its Riigikogu vote Wednesday evening, ahead of the first of these exams taking place next week.

Health Board: We are still on threat level red

14.04.21 NEWS ... The COVID-19 situation in Estonia on Wednesday that in terms of indicators, we continue to be on threat level red, Deputy Director General of the Health Board Mari-Anne Harma said on Wednesday.

Estonia to receive additional 150,000 Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine doses

14.04.21 NEWS ... Estonia will receive an additional 150,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine in the second quarter after the European Commission agreed on a new deal with the manufacturer on Wednesday.

Center MP: Authorities misjudged public mood during protests

14.04.21 NEWS ... Center MP and chair of the Riigikogu's legal affairs committee Jaanus Karilaid (Center) says that mistakes were made in risk assessments during a recent anti-lockdown protest in Tallinn. At the same time, the MP said public trust in the police remained high, while government communication issues also played their part, as did the spread of misinformation by those hell-bent on fomenting discord.

Prime minister: Police did not use undue force at Freedom Square protest

14.04.21 NEWS ... Prime Minister Kaja Kallas says the recent actions of the police during demonstrations against amendments to an act which would boost the authority's scope to enforce COVID-19 restrictions did not constitute an unreasonable show of force.

Government to continue remote sittings indefinitely

14.04.21 NEWS ... Even as a large part of ministers have received their first vaccine injection, ministers will not convene in the meeting halls of Stenbock House anytime soon and Thursday's sitting will be held virtually.

Health Board: 549 new coronavirus cases, eight deaths

14.04.21 CORONAVIRUS ... 549 new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed during the last day, the Health Board (Terviseamet) said on Wednesday. The 14-day infection rate has now fallen below 700 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Minister: Claims PPA will be allowed to drag sick from homes are false

14.04.21 POLITICS ... Interior minister Kristian Jaani (Center) has called claims that a proposed legislation change would grant the police powers to forcibly remove the sick from their homes nothing more than malicious, fake news.

Committee appeals to restore labor migration between Estonia-Finland

14.04.21 NEWS ... The Riigikogu's Foreign Affairs Committee will send an appeal to the Finnish government to restore labor migration between Estonia and Finland which has been suspended since January.

Culture organizers hope on vaccine passes to increase audiences

14.04.21 NEWS ... As the number of people who have recovered from the coronavirus or have been vaccinated for it grows, the culture sector and event organizers are looking at ways to increase spectator capacities once a vaccination certificate is put to use.

EHIF plans to start home vaccinations this week

13.04.21 NEWS ... Home vaccinations for people with reduced mobility are planned to start this week in Tartu and Tallinn, the Estonian Health Insurance Fund (Haigekassa) has said.

Police powers legislation amends may stall at the Riigikogu

13.04.21 NEWS ... Controversial legal amends which would beef up police powers may stall in the face of filibustering efforts at the Riigikogu, an opposition Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) MP says. However, an MP from the coalition Center Party says that the pandemic situation makes delay tactics inappropriate

PPA removes barriers from Toompea

13.04.21 NEWS ... Barriers were removed from Toompea, and around the Riigikogu, on Tuesday by the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) but officers will still keep an eye on protesters.

Interior minister: Free speech in Estonia remains intact

13.04.21 NEWS ... Interior minister Kristian Jaani says that additional powers the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) would get under draft legislative changes would only be intended for health crises such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, and not a general change. The expression of free speech is fully intact, he adds.

Council of Churches: Indoor services should be allowed as soon as possible

13.04.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The Estonian Council of Churches turned to the government and its advisory scientific council with a proposal to reopen worship services and other public religious services indoors as soon as possible.

Kersna: Restrictions cannot be lifted due to slowdown in infection trend

13.04.21 NEWS ... The government made no decision about easing coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday due to a slowing of the downward coronavirus infection rate trend. Discussions will continue next week.

Construction store: Closing stores creates unfair competition

13.04.21 NEWS ... The government's decision to close stores creates unfair competition and financial damage among construction and gardening stores, construction company K-rauta has said in an appeal to the Minister of Entrepreneurship and Information Technology Andres Sutt (Reform).

Scientific council head: Schools should be first to exit restrictions

13.04.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Head of the government's advisory scientific council Irja Lutsar is careful when discussing coronavirus restrictions and emphasizes that coronavirus spread indicators have not actually gotten much better in Estonia. Lutsar noted that schools should be among the first to open once again, especially in regions with lower infection indicators.

Coronavirus round-up: April 5-11

13.04.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Last week 4,663 new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed across Estonia falling from 5,570 the previous week. There were 87 deaths - a new record.

Experts consider police use of force at protests excessive

13.04.21 NEWS ... University of Tartu criminology professor Jaan Ginter said the use of force by police at recent protests in Tallinn has been excessive. Former interior minister Ain Seppik assessed that the situation cannot be resolved with police.

14 vaccination side effects reported last week

13.04.21 NEWS ... Last week, 14 serious side effects were reported to the Agency of Medicines after vaccinations. In total, 38,000 vaccinations were carried out.

Minister: Each person should get at least one dose by end of June

13.04.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Coronavirus vaccinations should soon reach a point where family physicians have covered most of the 70+ age group and main risk groups. The plan is to have all Estonians vaccinated at least once by the end of June, said Minister of Health and Labour Tanel Kiik (Center).

Experts: COVID-19 restrictions may be costing state millions of euros a day

13.04.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Coronavirus restrictions could be costing the state between €7 million and €19 million every day, according to experts. Lifting restrictions alone would also not spell immediate economic recovery either.

Health Board: Restrictions should not be relaxed before May

13.04.21 NEWS ... This week the government will discuss the fate of the current coronavirus restrictions. The Health Board thinks the restrictions should stay in place until May.

Infection rate remains just above 0.8

12.04.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The coronavirus infection rate - known as the R rate - still remains just above 0.8 and has displayed a slight downward trend, scientific council mathematical statistician Krista Fischer told ERR.

Falling COVID-19 rates prompt Health Board to restart close contact alerts

12.04.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Falling coronavirus rates mean the Health Board (Terviseamet) northern district can now begin notifying close contacts. Higher rates in February had led to the practice being suspended, and those who contracted COVID-19 were being asked to notify their close contacts themselves.

Riigikogu finance committee sends supplementary budget draft to final vote

12.04.21 NEWS ... On Monday, the Riigikogu's finance committee reviewed the amendment proposals submitted for the third reading of the draft supplementary budget for this year and proposed to the plenary that a final vote be held.

COVID-19 wards in smaller hospitals could be closed

12.04.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Both the northern and southern medical regions will begin discussing if coronavirus wards in smaller hospitals could be closed in the coming weeks, Health Board emergency medicine chief Urmas Sule told ERR.

Virologist: No reason to wait for a specific vaccine

12.04.21 CORONAVIRUS ... A million doses of different coronavirus vaccines are scheduled to arrive in Estonia in the coming months and vaccines are set to be administered to all applicants starting in May.

MEP Madison fired from auxiliary police position

12.04.21 NEWS ... MEP Jaak Madison (EKRE) has been removed from his role as an auxiliary police officer, he says, following public remarks he made on participation in mass protests against coronavirus restrictions. One such protest took place Sunday in central Tallinn.

Health Board: 269 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed, nine deaths

12.04.21 CORONAVIRUS ... 269 new coronavirus cases have been found of a total 2,663 tests taken - a rate of 10.1 percent - in Estonia over the past 24 hours, the Health Board announced. Nine deaths were also registered.

Record number of Covid-19 vaccines administered on Thursday

09.04.21 CORONAVIRUS ... A total of 12,919 inoculations with coronavirus vaccine were performed in Estonia on Thursday, which is the biggest number of vaccine shots given here during a single day so far.
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