01.04.21 NEWS ... This month the Health Board starting sending out leaflets with information about the coronavirus vaccination process in Estonia. The information can also be found online at vaktsineeri.ee.
20.04.21 NEWS ... The freshly finished monitoring study shows that with four weeks, the rate of getting infected with the coronavirus has decreased by four times. 36 percent of adult Estonians now have antibodies, thanks to suffering from the virus or having been vaccinated.
20.04.21 NEWS ... Coronavirus restrictions on shops, eateries and schools will be partially lifted from May 3, the government said at a press conference on Tuesday. Outdoor training can take place from April 26.
20.04.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The chief of a new working group tasked with overseeing the coronavirus vaccination process in Estonia says that he supports vaccinating under-65s, in order to get coronavirus vaccinations for the populace as a whole in Estonia rolled out as soon as possible, ETV news show "Aktuaalne kaamera" (AK) reported Monday night.
20.04.21 NEWS ... Five serious side effects were reported to the State Agency of Medicines (Ravimiamet) last week after vaccination in Estonia last week. 39,505 doses of coronavirus vaccine were administered in that time period.
20.04.21 CORONAVIRUS ... 536 new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed during the last day, the Health Board (Terviseamet) said on Tuesday.
20.04.21 NEWS ... Disposable facemasks can be reused after being heat-treated, a study by University of Tartu researchers shows.
20.04.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Last week 3,341 new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed across Estonia falling from 4,663 the previous week. There were 63 deaths.
20.04.21 NEWS ... Coronavirus restrictions should start to be eased on schools and then continue step-by-step, the government's scientific advisory council said on Tuesday.
19.04.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Starting Monday, the Health Board can once again alert and map out coronavirus close contacts, including all contacts in the northern region.
19.04.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Schoolchildren returning from foreign vacations who return negative on an airport coronavirus test after arriving back in Estonia have no real need to quarantine, head of the government's coronavirus advisory council says.
19.04.21 CORONAVIRUS ... East Tallinn Central Hospital (ITKH) is calling all those in the capital aged 65 and over to get a coronavirus vaccine this week.
19.04.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Among other things, the government will discuss the currently imposed restrictions during Tuesday's sitting and Minister of Health and Labour Tanel Kiik (Center) said some restrictions may be eased starting next week.
19.04.21 OPINION ... The substantial police presence at anti-lockdown protests in Estonia recently was the topic of Sunday's Vikerraadio head-to-head current affairs discussion show "Samost ja Sildam". The topic split the titular presenters, with Samost saying that involving the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) on the scale that had been done was a mistake, while Sildam felt the response had been proportionate.
19.04.21 CORONAVIRUS ... 228 new coronavirus cases have been found of a total 2,796 tests taken - a rate of 8.2 percent - in Estonia over the past 24 hours, the Health Board announced. Eight deaths were also registered.
19.04.21 NEWS ... Tourism entrepreneurs believe that labels saying "You are safe here" could increase sense of safety for the upcoming season, giving tourists confidence that all Health Board requirements are met at the particular location. The Enterprise Estonia campaign began in Pärnu and Tartu last year and 270 companies have applied and received the designation.
19.04.21 CORONAVIRUS ... A new working group has been set up to oversee continuing coronavirus vaccinations over the summer. Marek Seer has been appointed vaccines tsar and will head up the new body.
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.
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.
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.
17.04.21 CORONAVIRUS ... 333 new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed during the last day, the Health Board (Terviseamet) said on Saturday.
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.
17.04.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Travelers arriving from four countries do not need to quarantine on arrival to Estonia from Monday, April 19.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.