Coronavirus

University of Tartu starts new coronavirus prevalence study

17.08.22 NEWS ... More than 2,000 people will take part in the University of Tartu's latest coronavirus prevalence study which starts today (August 17). The survey will give an overview of the situation in Estonia before the school year starts.

Health Board: More than 4,100 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed last week

16.08.22 NEWS ... As of Monday morning, a total of 136 people in Estonia are currently hospitalized with COVID-19. In all, 4,157 new cases of COVID were diagnosed last week, and another just under 2,000 new lab-confirmed cases can be expected this week, the Health Board said in its weekly forecast.

Virology professor: No need for COVID vaccine boosters for kids right now

13.08.22 NEWS ... While the start of the new school year is likely to bring with it a new increase in COVID-19 infections, University of Tartu (TÜ) virology professor Irja Lutsar says that children have strong immune systems and tend to have COVID more mildly, and doesn't consider it necessary right now for kids to get booster doses of the vaccine.

PERH medical chief: New COVID virus less severe, hospitals better prepared

11.08.22 NEWS ... The next wave of COVID-19 to hit Estonia is expected to be less severe, said Peep Talving, medical director and board member at North Estonia Medical Center (PERH). Hospitals themselves are likewise better prepared, although not all isolation facilities have yet finished being built.

Education ministry buys 4 million COVID-19 rapid tests to keep schools open

10.08.22 NEWS ... Almost 4 million coronavirus rapid tests have been procured by the Ministry of Education and Research to keep schools open this year. The contract costs €2.8 million.

Estonian prime minister tests positive for COVID-19

10.08.22 NEWS ... Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform) announced she had tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday (August 10) and will cancel in-person meetings for the rest of the week.

Health Board: New COVID-19 cases stabilizing, not yet declining

09.08.22 NEWS ... New cases of coronavirus are stabilizing but there is no sign of a decline yet, the Health Board said in its weekly forecast. As of Monday morning, 143 people were being treated in hospital for the virus.

Experts: Your health is your own responsibility this winter

05.08.22 NEWS ... Health experts are advising people to look after their own health and take responsibility during the next COVID-19 wave this winter.

Scientific Council chair: In race against COVID, vaccines are behind

03.08.22 NEWS ... As the number of COVID-19 cases is on the rise, the U.S. intends to start administering booster doses for new variants of the COVID-19 virus starting next month, opting to skip the human trial stage in order to more quickly get the vaccines on the market.

Coronavirus hospitalisations, new cases continue to rise

03.08.22 CORONAVIRUS ... The number of patients needing hospital treatment for coronavirus continues to rise in Estonia, the Health Board's latest weekly forecast reports.

Estonia to cancel purchase of Valneva COVID vaccine

29.07.22 NEWS ... Estonia is canceling plans to purchase 10,000 doses of the Valneva COVID-19 vaccine placed via an EU advance purchase agreement last year, the Ministry of Social Affairs said Friday.

Health Board: More than 2,000 cases of COVID-19 diagnosed last week

26.07.22 NEWS ... As of Monday morning, a total of 133 people in Estonia are currently hospitalized with COVID-19. In all, 2,007 COVID tests turned up positive last week, with 117 cases registered in hospitals, and another 2,400 new cases can be expected this week, the Health Board said in its weekly forecast.

COVID vaccination currently available in bigger population centers

20.07.22 NEWS ... COVID-19 vaccines are currently available primarily at hospitals and health centers located in county seats across Estonia, as well as at some family medical centers and pharmacies.

Health Board: Over 1,500 coronavirus cases diagnosed last week

19.07.22 CORONAVIRUS ... Last week, 1,564 coronavirus cases were confirmed in Estonia, data from the Health Board's weekly forecast shows.

Number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 doubles in one month

19.07.22 NEWS ... Infection with the COVID-19 virus is on the rise again in Estonia, where the number of hospitalized patients with COVID has doubled in the span of just one month. According to researchers, COVID variants currently making the rounds, while highly contagious, are mild.

PPA expects more border crossings after Russia lifts covid restrictions

16.07.22 NEWS ... Estonia's Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) is expecting an increase in border crossings from Russia after the country lifted coronavirus restrictions related to land borders. The PPA is asking travelers to allocate more time in their schedule for crossing the border.

Care homes not pushing elderly residents to receive second COVID booster

15.07.22 NEWS ... This month, the Estonian Health Insurance Fund (EHIF) began offering residents of care homes a second COVID-19 vaccine booster. Care homes, however, are seeing no big rush to vaccinate.

Kallas: Society will no longer accept severe coronavirus restrictions

15.07.22 CORONAVIRUS ... An agreement to introduce few restrictions during the next coronavirus wave is based on the hope it is less severe than previous outbreaks, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform) said on Friday. There are doubts society would accept such rules again.

Lutsar: New global coronavirus wave caused by BA.4, BA.5 variants

15.07.22 CORONAVIRUS ... New coronavirus strains BA.4 and BA.5 have led to a global spike in the virus and will be difficult to tell when the peak is reached, virology Professor Irja Lutsar said on Thursday.

Health Board: Coronavirus hospitalizations rising

13.07.22 CORONAVIRUS ... The number of people hospitalized with coronavirus is forecast to rise above 100 this week, data from the Health Board show. The R number is still above 1.

EU agencies recommend second COVID boosters for elderly, medically at risk

12.07.22 NEWS ... As the number of cases and hospitalizations in Europe begin to rise again, EU agencies published updated guidance on Monday recommending second booster doses of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for the elderly and those with medical conditions putting them at high risk of severe disease. University of Tartu (TÜ) virology professor Irja Lutsar agrees.

Health Insurance Fund pays out €8,000 in vaccine compensation

02.07.22 NEWS ... A total of €8,000 has been paid out to four successful coronavirus vaccination compensation claimants, according to data from the Estonian Health Insurance Fund.

Risk groups should get fourth coronavirus jab in August

29.06.22 CORONAVIRUS ... If the number of new cases of coronavirus remains low then it is recommended risk groups receive a fourth vaccination in August, the immunoprophylaxis expert committee has agreed.

Committee expected to ok fourth covid jab for elderly, risk groups

27.06.22 NEWS ... Estonia's elderly and risk group members are likely to be given a fourth dose of the coronavirus vaccine later this year as the idea is backed by the immunoprophylaxis expert committee.

Forecast: 71 patients in hospital with coronavirus

22.06.22 CORONAVIRUS ... Seventy-one patients were being treated in hospital due to COVID-19 at the start of the week, data from the Health Board's forecast shows. Sixty-four new cases were opened last week.

Family values group head fined over journalist ejection from public protest

21.06.22 NEWS ... The chief of a family values pressure group has been fined €320 over the ejection of a journalist from a public protest against Covid restrictions in February this year. Varro Vooglaid, of the Foundation for the Protection of the Family and Tradition (SAPTK), says he intends to take the matter to court.

Majority of COVID PCR tests being taken in Estonia for fee

17.06.22 NEWS ... PCR testing for the COVID-19 virus is on a downward trend in Estonia, however more than 9,000 PCR tests were nonetheless taken last week, according to the Health Board's latest epidemiological overview. Three quarters of these PCR tests were paid.

Estonian government's COVID quarantine order expiring July 1

16.06.22 NEWS ... A government order imposing quarantine requirements on people with COVID-19 and close contacts lacking a COVID certificate is expiring on Friday, July 1. Going forward, those with COVID must follow their doctor's orders.

Court annuls public transport mask-wearing fine

14.06.22 NEWS ... A court has upheld a complaint over a fine issued to a 14-year-old girl over non-compliance with the mask-wearing rule on public transport, earlier this year.

TÜ study: COVID-19 infections on decline for third month in a row

14.06.22 NEWS ... The results of a recently ended round of a COVID-19 prevalence study led by the University of Tartu (TÜ) show that the number of people infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus has remained on the decline for the third month in a row.

Agency of Medicines struggling to process vaccination compensation claims

13.06.22 CORONAVIRUS ... Estonia's Agency of Medicines is struggling to process coronavirus vaccination compensation claims and is concerned it will not do so by the August deadline. While over 300 applications have been submitted, only 30 have been completely reviewed so far.

Supermarket chains closely guarding e-store turnover figures

09.06.22 NEWS ... The online stores of supermarket chains operating in Estonia are reporting successive increases in turnover, however none of them will reveal actual revenue figures. According to pollster Kantar Emor, Selver's online store has the biggest clientele, followed by Maxima's e-store Barbora.

Vaccination insurance fund made no payouts in first month

03.06.22 CORONAVIRUS ... No payments were made by Estonia's coronavirus vaccination insurance fund during its first month. In total, 646 applications were submitted.

New coronavirus cases continue to fall in Estonia

01.06.22 CORONAVIRUS ... The number of people being treated in hospital for coronavirus and the number of new cases continues to fall, the Health Board said in its weekly forecast.

Health Board lowers preparedness level, ends emergency situation

01.06.22 CORONAVIRUS ... The Health Board lowered its preparedness level on Wednesday (June 1), ending the emergency situation in the health care sector.

Delfi: Court favors 56 who sued government over Covid restrictions

01.06.22 NEWS ... Sections of the main legislation as amended in response to the coronavirus pandemic are unconstitutional, a court ruled Tuesday, news portal Delfi reports. The same court also found in favor of close to 60 people who had filed complaints against the government over two government orders put in place in 2021, and which imposed restrictions relating to the pandemic.

First and only court session held in Vooglaid versus government case

30.05.22 NEWS ... The Tallinn Administrative Court on Monday heard Varro Vooglaid's complaint against the Government of the Republic where he challenged Estonia's coronavirus certificate requirement as a condition for a person realizing their fundamental rights.

Rapid test tender brings misdemeanor proceedings against education minister

30.05.22 NEWS ... The Ministry of Finance, after analyzing its counterpart for education and research's COVID-19 rapid test tenders from last year, has brought misdemeanor proceedings against Minister of Education and Research Liina Kersna (Reform).

Some schools plan to use air purifiers in place of forced ventilation

28.05.22 NEWS ... A third of Estonian schools still lack forced ventilation and are having trouble ensuring good air quality. While the government recommends complementing study buildings with forced ventilation systems, some local counterparts see the need for cheaper air purifiers that can be adopted more quickly.

Expert: Analysis of lessons learned missing from new coronavirus plan

23.05.22 NEWS ... Adviser to the justice chancellor, former high-ranking health official Martin Kadai criticizes the upcoming coronavirus season preparedness plan for lack of analysis of prior lessons but commends the plan's focus on avoiding restrictions.

Family doctor: We must stop stalling as new Covid medicines can save lives

20.05.22 NEWS ... Doctor Argo Lätt from the Rapla Family Medicine Center said on the "Terevisioon" morning show on Friday that coronavirus medicines should be adopted post haste as they can save lives.

Estonia's COVID strategy for fall aimed at keeping society open

19.05.22 NEWS ... Minister of Health and Labor Tanel Kiik (Center) on Thursday introduced the Estonian government to the COVID-19 preparedness plan for the upcoming COVID season, which is aimed at keeping society as open as possible.

Health Board hopes to treat coronavirus similarly to flu this winter

18.05.22 CORONAVIRUS ... It is hoped this winter's coronavirus outbreak can be treated like influenza, the new head of the Health Board said on Wednesday, but new severe strains are not ruled out.

Forecast: Coronavirus risk falls to medium, R below 1

17.05.22 CORONAVIRUS ... Estonia's R number has dropped to 0.75 and the rate of coronavirus is no longer increasing, data from the Health Board shows. As of Tuesday, 124 people are being treated in hospital.

Study: Estonia's coronavirus wave receding slowly

10.05.22 CORONAVIRUS ... New coronavirus infections have decreased considerably over the last month but the wave is not over yet, the University of Tartu's prevalence study shows. The number of adults with protective antibodies remains the same.

Liina Kersna may face misdemeanor procedure over rapid test procurement

10.05.22 NEWS ... Following a recent audit of Ministry of Education and Research COVID-19 rapid test procurements in 2021, the Ministry of Finance has said that their findings will likely lead to the launch of a misdemeanor procedure, and subject to the procedure would be Minister of Education and Research Liina Kersna (Reform).

Council preparing 3 scenarios for Estonia's future coronavirus outbreaks

06.05.22 CORONAVIRUS ... Three scenarios are being prepared for future coronavirus outbreaks in Estonia, the head of the government's scientific advisory council has said.

Over 200 people apply for coronavirus vaccine compensation

05.05.22 CORONAVIRUS ... Since May 1, when Estonia launched its coronavirus vaccination compensation scheme, 241 people have submitted applications to the Health Insurance Fund for serious damages to their health.

Estonian COVID contact tracing app HOIA to be deactivated Sunday

29.04.22 NEWS ... Less than two years after its initial release in August 2020, HOIA, Estonia's official contact tracing app for COVID-19, is being deactivated on May 1. The Estonian app, available for iOS and Android, was downloaded by more than 300,000 people in Estonia, who used it to be notified when they had come in close contact with individuals infected with the COVID virus.

2,000 new coronavirus cases, 100 patients in hospital — forecast

29.04.22 CORONAVIRUS ... Fewer than 2,000 people are expected to be infected with coronavirus this coming week and patients receiving hospital treatment will fall to 100, the Health Board's weekly forecast says.
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