25.09.20 ... The price and quality of masks sold in Estonia vary greatly, ERR has found, and it can be cheaper to stock up in Finland. The cheapest dust mask in Estonia costs 36 cents but a single respirator mask can be almost €4.
25.09.20 ... The governing body of European football, UEFA, gave Estonia until September 24 to confirm the venue for home matches in the European Championships qualifying rounds. The government did not reach a decision on quarantine-free travel for athletes on Thursday however, leading the Estonian Football Association (EJL) to apply for an extension.
25.09.20 ... Forty-two new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed in Estonia in the last 24 hours, the Health Board said on Friday. The 14-day average is 36.57 per 100,000 people.
25.09.20 ... Tourism and catering companies hopes Finland will be able to reopen the border as soon as possible as many Estonian companies will not survive the new restrictions.
24.09.20 ... The Finnish government decided on Thursday that travelers from Estonia can only enter Finland to return to the country, work, transit or for an unavoidable reason from September 28. While Estonia is on Finland's restricted list, tourists cannot travel to the country.
24.09.20 ... President Kersti Kaljulaid has called on nations to seize the opportunity and change the model of global governance to one that also takes into account cyber security. Addressing both a UN Security Council (UNSC) summit, and the 75th UN General Assembly – this year taking place remotely due to the pandemic – the president also took an optimistic stance on what could be learned from the pandemic, particularly in terms of technological leaps forward.
24.09.20 ... Forty-four new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been diagnosed in Estonia in the last 24 hours, the Health Board said on Thursday. The 14-day average is 35.82 per 100,000 people.
24.09.20 ... The government has opted to allocate €15.3 million from state reserves to the Health Board (Terviseamet), to organize coronavirus (COVID-19) testing.
24.09.20 ... Restrictions limiting audience capacity to 750 people at indoor events will be implemented from Tuesday, September 29 to try and limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
24.09.20 ... Masks save lives and reduce the risk of infection, head of the ambulance center of the North Estonia Medical Center Dr. Arkadi Popov has said.
24.09.20 ... The organizers of international world cuisine championship Bocuse d'Or, set to take place on October 15-16, have approached the government with a proposal to make an exemption for competitors entering Estonia from coronavirus high-risk countries.
23.09.20 ... The work of the Infertility Treatment Center at West Tallinn Central Hospital (Lääne-Tallinna keskhaigla/ LTKH) is being reorganized after three employees tested positive for coronavirus.
23.09.20 ... People living in Ida-Viru County are afraid to admit that they are ill and hide their coronavirus symptoms because they are afraid for their jobs, Dr. Arkadi Popov, head of the ambulance center of the North Estonian Medical Center, said on Wednesday.
23.09.20 ... Tallinn has made appropriate decisions about how to stop the spread of coronavirus in the capital, adviser of the Epidemic Control Department of the Health Board Irina Dontšenko said on Wednesday.
23.09.20 ... Fifty-seven new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed in the last day, the Health Board said on Wednesday. The majority of new cases were reported in Harju County.
23.09.20 ... The city of Narva in Ida-Viru County was handed the title of autumn capital on Tuesday, taking over from summer capital Pärnu. Autumn officially started on September 22.
23.09.20 ... When all schools were distance learning and extracurricular activities were canceled in spring, local governments discussed reducing teachers' salaries, Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps (Center) said on Tuesday.
23.09.20 ... Minister of Social Affairs Tanel Kiik (Center) said on Wednesday the current director of the Estonian Forensic Science Institute Üllar Lanno will take over as the new director of the Health Board.
23.09.20 ... Transferwise, the international money transfer service founded by Estonian entrepreneurs, saw a 70 percent increase in revenue to £302.6 million in the last financial year. The coronavirus crisis increased business.
23.09.20 ... East Tallinn Central Hospital and Ida-Viru Central Hospital have both stopped or reorganized some scheduled treatments after staff members tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).
22.09.20 ... Finland is to implement tighter restrictions on tourists from Estonia from Monday, September 28 following a rise in COVID-19, which would mean quarantine on arrival for 14 days. Only people traveling for work will be able to do so without quarantining.
22.09.20 ... The government has released a joint statement on Tuesday urging people to be cautious amid the rising rate of coronavirus currently occurring in Estonia.
22.09.20 ... Thirty-six new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed across Estonia in the last 24 hours, the Health Board said on Tuesday. Ten people were admitted to hospital.
22.09.20 ... Automated messages are being sent to the phones of people who have come into contact with a coronavirus patient, head of the northern regional department of the Health Board (Terviseamet) said on Monday.
22.09.20 ... Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) will visit Finland and Sweden to discuss the fight against COVID, bilateral cooperation, Belarus and other issues on Tuesday.
22.09.20 ... A spokesperson for Finland's interior ministry says that Estonian foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) has not been wholly off-base in his comments regarding Finland being closed to travelers from Estonia, other than those traveling for work, from next Monday, as coronavirus rates rise.
22.09.20 ... Wearing masks in public spaces should be mandatory in Ida-Viru County, which is seeing a surge of coronavirus cases, the chief physician at the North Estonian Medical Center (PERH) has said. However, the head of the Estonian Medical Association does not agree.
22.09.20 ... Less than 1 percent of passengers tested at Tallinn Airport and other points of entry have recorded a positive for coronavirus. So far, 8,935 tests have been conducted since the start of September.
22.09.20 ... The Estonian Association of Performing Arts Institutions (Eesti Etendusasutuste Liit) has announced that no coronavirus outbreak has been found linked to theaters in the country, and an individual who was infected and had been to the Endla Theater in Pärnu had not passed on the coronavirus to anyone else.
22.09.20 ... Ida-Viru County's Jõhvi and Kohtla-Järve regions continue to be the most affected by the recent surge in coronavirus cases and the Health Board (Terviseamet) considers stopping the virus from spreading in education institutions as the most important challenge over the coming weeks.
22.09.20 ... Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) told ERR on Monday that quarantine-free travel to Finland will only be allowed for work purposes starting September 28. However, the Finnish government has not yet confirmed the regulation and the Finnish media has reported surprised at Reinsalu's sudden statement.
22.09.20 ... The Estonian Football Association (EJL) will apply for a government exemption allowing third country football national teams to enter Estonia for UEFA European Championships qualifying matches without the 14-day coronavirus isolation requirement.
22.09.20 ... Social affairs minister Tanel Kiik (Center) says that coronavirus flight restrictions and quarantine regulations are outdated, particularly with countries with a lower COVID-19 reported rate than Estonia's seeing direct flights to and from Estonia banned. A move towards a moving figure based on Estonia's current coronavirus rate would be more sensible, he said.
21.09.20 ... On Sunday, a worker at Oru care home in Lääne County was diagnosed with COVID-19, leading the care home to conduct testing for all workers and residents.
21.09.20 ... The Health Board needs more resources for "coronavirus detectives" as these people help trace the spread of the virus which is the most effective way to control the disease, the agency's former head of the emergency department said on Monday.
21.09.20 ... Two matches in the Esiliiga, second strongest football league in Estonia, were postponed on Monday due to positive coronavirus tests.
21.09.20 ... Minister of Social Affairs Tanel Kiik (Center) told ERR on Monday that the government is trying to reach a point of understanding in updating travel restrictions and self-isolation requirements this week.
21.09.20 ... Starting on September 28, quarantine-free travel to Finland from Estonia is only allowed for people travelling for work, everyone else is still subject to the 14-day quarantine period when entering the country, Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) told ERR on Monday.
21.09.20 ... Last week, the total number of new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnosed in Estonia was 244, compared to 167 the week before. The last time more than 200 cases were diagnosed in a single week was in mid-April.
21.09.20 ... Eighteen new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in Estonia over the last 24 hours, the Health Board (Terviseamet) announced on Monday. The 14-day average is 30.85 per 100,000 inhabitants.
21.09.20 ... Migration trends in the Baltics are changing and that the coronavirus crisis is changing cross-border movement, researchers from the Nordic and Baltic countries said at a conference on Friday.
21.09.20 ... As the fall virus season approaches, it is now possible to head for coronavirus (COVID-19) testing with a referral from any family doctor, not only your registered doctor. It is recommended to take a test as soon as symptoms arise, even mild ones.
21.09.20 ... On Monday, scientists at the University of Tartu (TÜ) will begin a nation-wide monitoring study to assess the effect of the new school year on the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
20.09.20 ... The Health Board emphasizes that the next three weeks will be critical in terms of stopping the coronavirus, which is why it would be sensible to cancel all parties and family gatherings.
20.09.20 ... An employee of the Jõhvi bureau of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund has tested positive for COVID-19. People who could have had contact with them to be contacted.
20.09.20 ... Over the past 24 hours, 1,823 initial COVID-19 tests were administered and 50 people diagnosed in Estonia. The 14-day case rate now stands at 30.78 and the Health Board says the next three weeks will be critical in terms of getting the virus under control.
20.09.20 ... The number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 grew by 61 on Saturday. Acting head of the Health Board Mari-Anne Härma says concerns are warranted as people coming to work sick is what is causing the outbreak.
19.09.20 ... Foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) says that Lithuania has made an exception in its coronavirus travel restrictions which would allow Estonians and residents of Estonia to go there without having to self-quarantine, at least in the immediate term.
19.09.20 ... 61 new cases of COVID-19 have emerged in Estonia in the past 24 hours, the Health Board says, primarily in Harju and Ida-Viru counties. The Health Board (Terviseamet), responsible for gathering, collating and publishing the figures, says the next three weeks are a critical time in getting the virus' spread under control, as numbers continue to rise.
19.09.20 ... Estonia has banned direct flights to and from Sweden and Norway as COVID-19 rates in those two countries continue to rise. Direct flights to Sweden in particular have been non-existent through much of the coronavirus pandemic.
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