Coronavirus

Around 250,000 disposable face-masks recycled in Tallinn initiative

30.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Around a quarter-of-a-million disposed medical masks have been collected under a recycling scheme in Tallinn, in the five months of the project's operation.

Coronavirus testing boosts SYNLAB's profits up five-fold

30.11.21 ECONOMY ... While worldwide coronavirus spread and the accompanying restrictions swept the ground from under the feet of many companies, clinical laboratory SYNLAB has seen its profits go up five-fold during the pandemic.

Health Board orders Tallinn cafe closure over Covid rules non-compliance

30.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... A Tallinn cafe has been ordered to close for business, due to non-compliance with coronavirus restrictions. Cafe staff had been instructed to not check customers' coronavirus certification and identity, ERR reports.

Testing requirement to be imposed on arrivals from 10 countries

30.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... In relation to the worldwide spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant, the government cabinet decided on Tuesday to impose a testing requirement on eight Southern African countries, along with Egypt and Turkey.

Health Board: 296 hospitalized patients, 724 new cases, 2 deaths

30.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Tuesday morning, 296 coronavirus patients are being treated in hospitals across Estonia and 724 new cases were recorded in the last day, data from the Health Board shows. There were two deaths.

Narva Hospital suspends vaccination bus service due to low interest

30.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Narva Hospital has put the brakes on its vaccination bus service, since there were too few people using it and maintenance got too costly for the hospital.

Foreign ministry advises against travel to southern African states

30.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The foreign ministry has issued a statement advising against travel both to South Africa and the southern African region, following a joint decision made by European Union member states in the wake of the Omicron coronavirus strain detected in South Africa late last week.

Scientific council: All arrivals from Southern Africa should be tested

30.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Head of the government's scientific council Irja Lutsar said the experts do not support easing restrictions in Estonia. They recommended the government start testing travelers arriving from Southern African countries.

Health minister: We are thinking about more restrictions, not easing them

29.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Regardless of the coronavirus spread lowering considerably in Estonia recently, Tuesday's government cabinet sitting is unlikely to result in any restrictions being eased. The new Omicron variant of the virus could instead see more restrictions imposed on arrivals from abroad, Minister of Health and Labor Tanel Kiik (Center) said.

Health Board: 306 hospitalized patients, 311 cases, 7 deaths

29.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... There are 306 patients being treated for coronavirus in Estonia's hospitals on Monday, the Health Board said. Seven people died during the last day and 311 new cases were confirmed.

Estonia ramps ups coronavirus testing capacity over Omicron strain

29.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Estonia is increasing its coronavirus testing capacity after the discovery of new strain Omicron last week, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication said on Sunday.

Lutsar: It would be Illogical if vaccines do not work against new strains

29.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... It would be illogical if the existing coronavirus vaccines do not work at all against new strains of the coronavirus, including the latest Omicron, Virology Professor Irja Lutsar said on Monday.

Coronavirus situation in Estonia falls to yellow level

28.11.21 NEWS ... Estonia's COVID-19 indicators have improved enough to warrant moving the threat level from orange to yellow.

Association: Pandemic highlighted strengths and weaknesses of healthcare

28.11.21 NEWS ... The coronavirus crisis has highlighted the strengths and weaknesses of the Estonian medical system, the Estonian Medical Association said in a statement.

Hospitals treating 290 with Covid

28.11.21 NEWS ... The number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus grew by five to 290 in the last 24 hours of whom 240 need treatment for severe COVID-19. Of those hospitalized, 171 or 72 percent are unvaccinated and 68 or 28 percent have completed their vaccination course.

Estonia's Covid travel restrictions on arrivals from Monday, November 29

27.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Arrivals from all European states are in effect subject to coronavirus restrictions from Monday, November 29, after Spain moved down from the 'Green' list, to the 'Yellow' list, the foreign ministry announced Friday. Finland, France, Monaco and Portugal have also moved down to the 'Red' list starting from Monday.

Health Board: 285 hospitalized patients, 646 new cases, eight deaths

27.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The total number of people hospitalized in Estonia due to the coronavirus has fallen to 285, from 333 a day earlier, the Health Board (Terviseamet) reported Saturday morning. 646 new coronavirus cases have been identified in the past 24 hours, while eight people who had contracted the virus have died over the same time period.

Number of positive Covid cases among school pupils, staff continues to fall

27.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... A total of 2,742 coronavirus cases have been found in schools in the four weeks since rapid testing began. A week ago, the figure stood at 2,283, meaning 459 new cases were found in the past week.

Omicron threat prompts Health Board to urge PCR tests for all arrivals

27.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The Health Board (Terviseamet) is urging all arrivals in Estonia to get a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) Covid test in the wake of the freshly-reported Omicron/B.1.1.529 strain. No cases of the variant have been found in Estonia to date.

Health minister: Nine-month Covid certificate validity makes sense

26.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The nine-month validity period for Covid vaccination certificates which the European Commission recently proposed is reasonable, health minister Tanel Kiik (Center) told ETV news show 'Aktuaalne kaamera' (AK) Thursday evening, while what is now needed is Europe-wide consensus on the common validity period, he continued, in an interview which follows.

Minister: Cabinet already aware of concerns over use of government orders

26.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Health minister Tanel Kiik (Center) says that the government was already aware of concerns expressed by a Supreme Court judge on Thursday, over the far-reaching nature of the government orders which put Covid restrictions in place.

Coronavirus wastewater level high in south, low on western islands

26.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... There are considerable regional differences in the level of coronavirus in wastewater, the latest study shows, although the situation remains "fairly stable" overall.

Health Board: 313 hospitalized patients, 636 new cases, 8 deaths

26.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Friday morning, 313 coronavirus patients are being treated in hospitals across Estonia and 636 new cases were recorded in the last day, data from the Health Board shows. There were eight deaths.

Government to allow more people to see Estonia-Israel qualification game

25.11.21 NEWS ... The government considered the men's basketball World Cup qualification game between the Estonian and Israeli national teams taking place this Sunday to be an event of overriding public interest and will allow up to 3,360 spectators, exceeding the regular Covid limit by over 200 percent.

€12.6 million allocated for creation of oxygen treatment wards

25.11.21 NEWS ... Estonian hospitals will receive a total of €12.6 million in support for the creation of oxygen treatment isolation wards, which will primarily be used for the treatment of coronavirus patients.

Supreme Court Judge: Government Covid orders should be less wide-ranging

25.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... General government orders aimed at establishing restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic should be more limited in scope, according to one Supreme Court judge, while legal precedent should shed more light on this, he said.

Supreme Court: No grounds to halt EDF vaccination program

25.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... No grounds exist for suspending the Estonian Defense Forces (EDF) current vaccination requirement, put in place in late summer, the Supreme Court found, following rulings by lower tier courts which overruled former EDF members who had refused to get vaccinated and were dismissed. The court also dismissed an application for interim relief, i.e. the temporary lifting of their dismissal.

New coronavirus drugs expected to arrive in Estonia in January

25.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... It is likely new drugs to fight coronavirus will arrive in Estonia in January and the government will allocate almost 20 million for their purchase. Currently, several medicines are awaiting authorization from the EU.

PM: 11 p.m. entertainment curfew ends if Covid risk level falls to 'Yellow'

25.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Should the Covid epidemiological picture in Estonia fall to the 'Yellow' (medium) level from its current rating of 'Orange' (high), the current regulation requiring entertainment venues and events to close at 11 p.m. can be lifted, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform) says.

Estonia experienced coronavirus wave ahead of Europe

25.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... In comparison with other European countries, Estonia reached the peak of its latest coronavirus wave much faster, the acting director general of the Health Board has said.

Health Board: 333 hospitalized patients, 619 new cases, 10 deaths

25.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... On Thursday, 333 patients are being treated for coronavirus in hospital, the Health Board said. There were 619 new cases and 10 deaths.

Health Board: Restrictions to continue even if situation stabilizes

25.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Estonia will continue to impose restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus even if infection rates are low and stabilized, the Health Board announced on Wednesday. Schools are called to cancel their Christmas celebrations.

National Audit Office: MPs should be shown vaccine purchase contracts

24.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... In a response to Isamaa Party chairman and MP Helir-Valdor Seeder, the National Audit Office said on Wednesday that the Ministry of Social Affairs should make it possible for MPs to look at vaccine purchase contracts.

Tallinn launches 'safe Christmas' coronavirus vaccination campaign

24.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Tallinn has launched a coronavirus vaccination campaign encouraging the city's residents to "Give your family a safe Christmas!"

Ministry recommends schools only test unvaccinated staff and students

24.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The Ministry of Education and Research recommends schools only conduct testing on unvaccinated members of the school family and those who have not recovered from the coronavirus in the previous six months.

Health Board: 376 hospitalized patients, 655 new cases, 9 deaths

24.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Wednesday morning, 376 coronavirus patients are being treated in hospitals across Estonia and 655 new cases were recorded in the last day, data from the Health Board shows. There were nine deaths.

Coronavirus vaccination passes valid for 12 months in Estonia

24.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Coronavirus passes created by the state are valid for 12 months when used inside Estonia, the Ministry of Social Affairs has said. However, travelers must create a new coronavirus pass after six months if they plan to leave the country.

Number of sick leave up significantly from last year

24.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... More people have stayed home from work this year due to the extensive spread of the coronavirus than in the previous year, which was already a record-breaking year in terms of sick leave. Health Insurance Fund data does not show the rate decreasing as people have been more cautious in spreading the coronavirus.

Remote Riigikogu sittings have not stopped MPs from meeting and traveling

24.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Although the Riigikogu has decided to go to remote sittings in November to curb the spread of the coronavirus, MPs are participating in face-to-face meetings and travel outside of Estonia.

Education ministry chooses new rapid test supplier

24.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The Ministry of Education and Research chose Medesto Logistics OÜ to be the new supplier of rapid tests for school testing.

Tallinn schools to return to contact learning next week

23.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... At a meeting with Tallinn municipal school managers, the city government decided that contact learning will resume in all grades of the capital's schools from next week, while schools will be entitled to assess the situation and change the arrangement of schooling themselves as necessary.

Prosecutor's office: October 23 demonstrations were free speech issue

23.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The Office of the Prosecutor General does not make moral and ethical assessments on gatherings and speeches where points of view are expressed, the office says, making its remarks in the context of its rejection of a criminal complaint from a senior Tallinn doctor over protests and statements made by a politician and the head of a conservative think-tank.

COVID-19 medicines not likely to arrive to Estonia before year's end

23.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Although the government decided to allocate €4.25 million for the purchase of COVID-19 medicines meant for home treatment, the Health Insurance Fund admits that the medicines are unlikely to make it to Estonia this year.

Health Board: 417 hospitalized patients, 821 new cases, 8 deaths

23.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Tuesday morning, 417 coronavirus patients are being treated in hospitals across Estonia and 821 new cases were recorded in the last day, data from the Health Board shows. There were eight deaths.

Education ministry: Some students are selling rapid tests

23.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... As student rapid testing in schools is based on trust, there have been cases, where the Ministry of Education and Research has seen children skip testing before school starts. The ministry hopes the problem is not extensive.

Flights to strictly restricted Austria still available from Tallinn

22.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Austria has recently announced a decision to impose very strict restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus, also imposed on those completely vaccinated or recovered from the coronavirus. Among other things, hotels in Austria have been closed for all tourism, yet Ryanair still offers flights from Tallinn to Vienna.

Decreased sense of danger has led to fewer first vaccine doses

22.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The number of vaccine doses administered to people previously unvaccinated was down a fifth last week compared to the week prior.

Health Board: 445 hospitalized covid patients, 403 new cases, 11 deaths

22.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... On Monday morning, 445 patients with coronavirus are being treated in hospital, the Health Board said. There were 403 new cases and 11 deaths during the last day.

Survey: Majority following mask-wearing rules

22.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Almost 90 percent of people are following the government's guidance to wear masks in public, a new survey shows. Meanwhile, people's sense of danger has dropped.

Majority of surgeries postponed by coronavirus to be carried out this year

22.11.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Most of the scheduled surgeries postponed by coronavirus will be carried out this year as hospitals have been able to manage between the virus waves, the Estonian Health Insurance Fund has said.
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