Coronavirus round-up: October 12-18

19.10.20 ... Last week, the total number of new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnosed in Estonia was 203, compared to 266 the week before. The 14-day average has fallen sharply and Estonia now has one of the lowest averages in Europe.

Estonia has preliminary plan in place for coronavirus vaccinations

19.10.20 ... As recent developments around a coronavirus vaccine have shown promise, Estonia has put together a preliminary plan for the distribution of the first vaccines to potentially reach Estonia in expectedly small quantities.

Health Board: Seven new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed over 24 hours

19.10.20 ... Seven new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in Estonia over the last 24 hours, the Health Board (Terviseamet) announced on Monday. The two week average infection rate is now 35.29.

Foreign minister's test results come back negative after COVID-19 scare

19.10.20 ... The foreign ministers of Belgium and Austria announced after a European Union meeting on Monday, October 12, that they tested positive for COVID-19. Estonian foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) told ERR on Sunday that his test results came back negative and he is fine.

Health Board: Tallinn should end all distance learning after school break

19.10.20 ... Dr. Arkadi Popov, the head of the Health Board's (Terviseamet) emergency medical department, said Estonia's epidemiological situation is stabilizing, enough for Tallinn's schools to end all distance learning after the mid-term school break (September 19-25).

New quarantine rules introduced for travelers from Baltic states, Finland

19.10.20 ... From Monday (October 19), travelers from Latvia, Lithuania and Finland do not have to self isolate on arrival to Estonia if they have a negative coronavirus test and are coming for unavoidable reasons.

Health Board urges responsibility in avoiding school break COVID-19 rise

18.10.20 ... The autumn half-term school holiday may lead to an upturn in coronavirus cases, the Health Board (Terviseamet) says.

Health Board: 26 new coronavirus cases in past 24 hours

18.10.20 ... Twenty-six new COVID-19 cases have been found in Estonia in the past 24 hours, the Health Board (Terviseamet) has announced.

Estonia to contribute up to €100 million for coronavirus analyzes

17.10.20 ... Next year, Estonia will contribute up to €100 million for coronavirus analyzes, the public procurement to find someone to do this work was closed on October 14 and the results should be expected in a few weeks, the daily Postimees writes.

Health Board: 36 new cases of coronavirus diagnosed in last 24 hours

17.10.20 ... Thirty-six new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed in Estonia in the last 24 hours, data from the Health Board showed on Saturday. The 14-day average is now 35.74 per 100,000 inhabitants, a fall of 2.64 percent.

Easing of coronavirus restrictions has increased flow of drugs to Estonia

17.10.20 ... The amount of illegal drugs on the Estonian market has increased after restrictions put in place during the coronavirus crisis and emergency situation were eased. Police are especially concerned about young people and drugs sold over social media.

Travelers from Estonia not required to quarantine in Latvia from Saturday

17.10.20 ... Estonians traveling to Latvia from Saturday (October 17) are no longer required to self isolate on arrival.

Baltic states leaders urge vigilance to tackle coronavirus

16.10.20 ... Leaders of the Baltic states on Friday called on people to be vigilant and follow safety advice as cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) rise across Europe.

Travelers from three countries do not need to quarantine from Monday

16.10.20 ... Travelers from three countries do not need to quarantine on arrival to Estonia from Monday, October 19. Restrictions have changed for Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

Health Board: 37 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed over last 24 hours

16.10.20 ... Thirty-seven new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in Estonia over the last 24 hours, the Health Board (Terviseamet) announced on Friday. The two week average infection rate is now 38.45.

Physicians Association: No idea where this year's flu vaccine has gone

16.10.20 ... Even as more than 150,000 doses of influenza vaccines were ordered in Estonia for fall of 2020, family physicians have found it difficult to get their hands on the vaccine. Le Vallikivi, head of the Family Physicians Association, said she has no idea where all the vaccines have gone.

Tallinn will not hold traditional Christmas market in 2020

16.10.20 ... Tallinn's traditional Christmas market will not take place this winter due to concerns arising from the coronavirus. The city is still looking to work with craftspeople, restaurants and public buildings to create some festive spirit around the Old Town.

Government confirms €30 million support package for Nordica

15.10.20 ... The government confirmed on Thursday to support Nordica's share capital by €22 million and provide a loan of €8 million to the struggling airline.

Late night alcohol sales ban extended by one month

15.10.20 ... The government on Thursday decided to extend the country-wide ban on late-night alcohol sales by one month until November 24 to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Health Board: 33 new coronavirus cases recorded in last 24 hours

15.10.20 ... Thirty-three new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed across Estonia in the last 24 hours, the Health Board said on Thursday. The two week average infection rate has now fallen below 40 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Kalev/Cramo players test negative for coronavirus

15.10.20 ... Estonian reigning champion basketball club BC Kalev/Cramo found out the results of their coronavirus testing conducted on Tuesday, all players, aside from previously infected Tanel Kurbas, were negative for the virus.

Government drafting travel exceptions for Latvia, Lithuania and Finland

15.10.20 ... Starting from next week, people arriving in Estonia from Finland, Latvia and Lithuania do not need to self-isolate upon their arrival if they have tested negative for the coronavirus in the preceding 48 hours.

Patient who contracted COVID-19 in spring reinfected in September

15.10.20 ... There is one patient in Estonia who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) at the end of March and then gave a positive test again in September. Several other cases of suspected reinfection are being studied, ETV's "Aktuaalne kaamera" (AK) reported on Wednesday.

Armenian national team disobeyed UEFA isolation regulations in Estonia

15.10.20 ... The Armenian men's national football team, who travelled to Estonia in the beginning of the week for Wednesday's UEFA Nations League match, directly disobeyed isolation and safety regulations established by the governing body of European football, UEFA.

PPA waiting for digital compliance form solution at Tallinn Airport

15.10.20 ... The Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) are waiting for the Health Board to create a digital solution for travelers arriving in Estonia who need to submit their details for compliance with movement restrictions. The Health Board advises passengers to disperse when waiting to fill in their paper forms until the solution is completed.

Estonia ranks second in global Internet freedom index

15.10.20 ... Estonia has been ranked in second place in U.S. think tank Freedom House's global Internet freedom index and maintained its previously high score.

State to assess travel exemption for Canary Islands

15.10.20 ... Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Taavi Aas (Center) told Delfi portal Ärileht that the government is discussing making regional exemptions for tourism companies, allowing travel to be organized to regions with a lower infection rate than the particular country's average.

Madise: School that asked children to distance learn acted unlawfully

14.10.20 ... Chancellor of Justice Ülle Madise has said a school which asked children to move to distance learning after returning from a holiday abroad did not behave legally. This foreign country was not on the list of countries with a quarantine obligation at that time.

Health Board encouraging people to stay in Estonia during school holidays

14.10.20 ... People should stay in Estonia during the upcoming school holidays, the Health Board and Minister of Social Affairs said on Wednesday. The number of coronavirus cases imported from abroad is also currently increasing.

Health Board: 40 new cases of coronavirus diagnosed in last 24 hours

14.10.20 ... Forty new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) were diagnosed in Estonia in the last 24 hours, the Health Board (Terviseamet) said on Wednesday. The 14 day average is 43.49 per 100,000 people.

Old City Harbor terminal ahead of schedule due to canceled cruises

14.10.20 ... The positive side of the cruise season being canceled due to the coronavirus crisis is that the construction of the terminal at the Old City Harbor at the Port of Tallinn is making good progress. The terminal will be ready in May 2021 two months ahead of schedule.

EU agrees on common rules for coronavirus travel restrictions

13.10.20 ... European Union countries on Tuesday agreed on common criteria to coordinate coronavirus travel restrictions in an effort to end the confusing patchwork of national rules that has developed during the pandemic.

Alcohol sales ban continues, no agreement reached on shortening quarantine

13.10.20 ... The government did not reach an agreement on Tuesday to shorten the self isolation requirement for people arriving in Estonia and close contacts but the subject will be discussed again next week. It was also agreed in principle to extend the alcohol restrictions currently in place.

Health Board: 25 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed over last 24 hours

13.10.20 ... Twenty-five new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) were diagnosed in Estonia over the last 24 hours, the Health Board (Terviseamet) announced on Monday. The 14-day average infection rate is now 44.77 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Financial Supervision Authority: Most difficult time for banks has passed

13.10.20 ... The Estonian Financial Supervision Authority (FSA) has said the most difficult time for banks during the coronavirus crisis has passed and at the end of the second quarter requests for loan holidays has ceased.

Latvian foreign minister: The 'Baltic bubble' is not just for numbers

13.10.20 ... Latvian foreign minister Edgars Rinkevics told ERR in response to Estonian foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu's recent call to reinstate the "Baltic bubble" that in order to do so, other restrictions set by the countries should also be taken into consideration, not just the infection rates.

Kiik to raise shortening quarantine period with government

13.10.20 ... The reduction of the compulsory self-isolation period from 14 days to 10 will be discussed at the government's cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Minister of Social Affairs Tanel Kiik told ERR.

Foreign minister: A window to reinstate the 'Baltic bubble' has opened

12.10.20 ... Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) told ERR that the recent equalization in the infection rates of the Baltic nations has opened a window to again reinstate the so-called Baltic bubble for travel within the region.

Consumer protection authority shares suggestions for choosing face masks

12.10.20 ... When purchasing a face mask, the filtration efficiency of the mask, the instructions for use and the type of mask should be looked at, the Estonian Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority (TTJA) said.

Kalev player diagnosed with COVID-19, team forfeits United League match

12.10.20 ... On Saturday, Estonian reigning champion basketball club BC Kalev/Cramo decided against traveling to Krasnodar for their originally scheduled VTB United League match after guard Tanel Kurbas was diagnosed with COVID-19.

Numbers of people tested for coronavirus has fallen in last two weeks

12.10.20 ... Coronavirus testing has decreased in recent weeks and the Health Board has said this could be due to a monitoring study which has just ended. But if the numbers continue to stay low then something could be wrong, the agency said on Monday.

Lux Express recommends passengers wear masks from Tuesday

12.10.20 ... From Tuesday (October 13) the bus company Lux Express will require passengers to wear a mask on all journeys to limit the spread coronavirus.

Lawyers' union: COVID-19 has increased need for personal legal assistance

12.10.20 ... Head of the Estonian Lawyers' Union Krista Paal said on Vikerraadio's morning program "Vikerhommik" that the coronavirus pandemic has brought along a greater need for personal legal assistance.

Head of scientific council: Decreased case numbers do not display trend

12.10.20 ... The head of the government's scientific council and University of Tartu virology and medical microbiology professor Irja Lutsar told ERR that while the number of new cases of COVID-19 over the last few days has been low, it does not display nor confirm a downward trend.

Estravel to protest 'demonization' of travel

12.10.20 ... Travel agency Estravel issued a statement on Monday saying the dangers of travel have been exaggerated when it comes to the spread of the coronavirus.

Coronavirus round-up: October 5-11

12.10.20 ... Last week, the total number of new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) diagnosed in Estonia was 266, compared to 352 the week before. This is the first time in eight weeks the number of infections has fallen.

Health Board: 18 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed over last 24 hours

12.10.20 ... Eighteen new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) were diagnosed in Estonia over the last 24 hours, the Health Board (Terviseamet) announced on Monday. In total, 882 tests were conducted.

Lukas: Culture workers waiting for annual wage raise

12.10.20 ... Minister of Culture Tõnis Lukas (Isamaa) has said that in the current economic situation, the state cannot create a presumption of a general wage rise for culture workers. At the same time, he hopes it will be possible next year.

Travelers to Latvia must fill in electronic form before crossing border

12.10.20 ... From Monday (October 12) all travelers to Latvia must fill in an electronic form 48 hours before crossing the border. Those who do not could face a fine.

Travelers from 9 countries do not need to quarantine on arrival to Estonia

12.10.20 ... Travelers from nine countries do not need to quarantine on arrival to Estonia from Monday. Isolation requirements have also changed.
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