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.
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.
18.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Only five European countries will be on Estonia's green list from Monday, September 20.
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.
17.09.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The coronavirus has spread evenly all over Estonia the results of the University of Tartu's latest wastewater study shows.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.