Coronavirus

Experts: Third covid-19 jabs less important than total vaccination rate

27.07.21 NEWS ... It is important that Estonia reaches its goal of having 70 percent of adults fully vaccinated by the end of the summer, head of the government's scientific council Irja Lutsar and vaccination workgroup manager Marek Seer has said.

Event organizer: I have no legal basis to ask for a coronavirus certificate

26.07.21 CORONAVIRUS ... As restrictions on public events and capacity limits are set to enter into force the upcoming week, event organizers are faced with uncertainty and legal issues.

Government approves lowered attendance limits for events

26.07.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The Estonian government has formally approved amendments to a regulation, which reduces the maximum allowed number of participants in both indoor and outdoor events and activities where participants are not subject to infection safety control.

Almost 1,000 people were vaccinated at Viljandi Folk Music Festival

26.07.21 CORONAVIRUS ... More than 900 people were vaccinated at the Viljandi Folk Festival over the weekend using the vaccination bus. In the 10 days since the bus started work, 2,855 have been vaccinated.

Health Board: 66 new coronavirus cases diagnosed

26.07.21 CORONAVIRUS ... 66 new coronavirus cases have been found of a total 1,925 tests taken - a rate of 3.4 percent - in Estonia over the past 24 hours, the Health Board announced.

More than 22,000 people were vaccinated last week

26.07.21 CORONAVIRUS ... More than 22,000 people were vaccinated against coronavirus in Estonia last week, the highest number in a single week since mid-June.

Culture minister: People cannot be forced to vaccinate

26.07.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Minister of Culture Anneli Ott (Center) said vaccination against coronavirus is one way to keep society open but people cannot be forced, in an interview with ERR on Sunday. This weekend, newspaper Eesti Päevaleht (EPL) reported the minister is refusing to be vaccinated and Ott has said she will not publically announce her vaccination status.

Day brings 90 new cases

25.07.21 NEWS ... Estonia analyzed 2,075 tests for the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the last 24 hours of which 90 or 4.3 percent returned positive, the Health Board said on Sunday.

Tartu leads youth vaccinations

25.07.21 NEWS ... Tartu is concentrating on immunizing children and youths, which efforts have given it the greatest vaccine coverage in the age group. The county hopes to make sure 70 percent of children aged 12-17 have received at least one dose of vaccine by the start of the school year.

Day brings 106 COVID-19 cases

24.07.21 NEWS ... Estonia analyzed 3,084 tests for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 in the last 24 hours of which 106 or 3.4 percent came back positive, the Health Board said Saturday.

Lutsar: Infection rate growing would not see schools, kindergartens closed

24.07.21 NEWS ... The Delta or so-called Indian strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 has become prevalent in Estonia in July, while other strains keep spreading elsewhere in the world. The Gamma mutation that originated from Brazil has reached Russia, while the Lambda variant was diagnosed in Houston, USA.

Coronavirus outbreak infects 13 at Rally Estonia

23.07.21 NEWS ... Thirteen people have contract coronavirus after an outbreak at Rally Estonia in Tartu and South Estonia over the weekend of July 16 and 17.

Number of people allowed at unsupervised public events to be reduced

23.07.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The number of participants at indoor and outdoor events will be reduced to limit the spread of COVID-19 from August, the government decided on Thursday.

Health Board: 84 new coronavirus cases diagnosed

23.07.21 NEWS ... Eighty-four new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed during the last day, the Health Board (Terviseamet) said on Friday.

Health Board want overview of vaccination by profession

23.07.21 NEWS ... The Health Board is seeking an overview of vaccination by profession and workplace in anticipation of the third wave of coronavirus. To do this, it will be necessary to amend the law.

Event capacity limits may be reduced to stop covid spreading

22.07.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Due to the increase in the numbers of people infected with coronavirus in Estonia, the government may decide to cut the maximum attendance numbers allowed for events.

Construction continues to battle with supply issues brought on by pandemic

22.07.21 ECONOMY ... The effects of the pandemic have made their effects known within the construction sector and related industries, ERR reports, though not always in ways envisaged. Prices internationally of materials like timber have tripled since May, for instance, though in the US they have started to fall again. At the same time, construction projects are ongoing, leading to supply problems and exacerbating inflation, though potentially mitigated both by utilizing domestically-produced materials where possible, and by

Government working towards keeping society open for those vaccinated

22.07.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The government is discussing on Thursday options for offering greater freedoms to those who have been vaccinated against coronavirus from August, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform) has said.

Health Board: 121 new coronavirus cases diagnosed

22.07.21 CORONAVIRUS ... 121 new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed during the last day, the Health Board (Terviseamet) said on Thursday. The last time there were more than 100 new cases on a single day was at the start of June.

Vaccination chief: Pharmacies' role in vaccinations cannot be understated

22.07.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Starting this week, it has been possible to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in pharmacies. Head of the COVID-19 vaccination work group Marek Seer said in addition to the pharmacies' role of vaccinator, they must also advise people.

Bookseller Rahva Raamat 2020 profits up over 50 percent on year

21.07.21 ECONOMY ... Bookseller Rahva Raamat has reported a net profit increase of 53.2 percent on year to 2020, at €480,100. The company says it has seen a revenue rise of 4.2 percent, to €19.5 million, during the same time-frame, despite the arrival of the pandemic, which saw access to many of its stores – largely situated inside shopping malls – restricted during a sizeable chunk of the year.

Family physicians awaiting clear restrictions for unvaccinated people

21.07.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Family physicians are awaiting the government for a fast and clear decisions about which kind of restrictions will be imposed on people not vaccinated against the coronavirus in the fall, family physician Karmen Joller said on Wednesday.

Health Board: Infections rising, per 100,000 rate to exceed 100 in August

21.07.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Although the accelerated spread of coronavirus infections stabilized last week, the number of infections still continues to grow, the Health Board noted in its weekly overview. The current estimate is that daily infection numbers will average over 100 in mid-August.

Health Board: 96 new covid cases diagnosed

21.07.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Ninety-six new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed across Estonia during the last 24 hours, the Health Board (Terviseamet) said on Wednesday.

PPA: Some border crossings lacking phones to check QR-codes

21.07.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) admitted that there is a lack of phones in busier border crossing points that could be used to check travelers' vaccination certificates.

Media firms say advertising revenues starting to pick up again

20.07.21 ECONOMY ... After taking a major hit in 2020, internet and television advertising is showing signs of recovery, though the case is not the same so much for print media, leading media firms say.

Covid-19 vaccination starts in pharmacies in five cities

20.07.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Vaccination against coronavirus will take place in pharmacies in eight outlets in Tartu, Rapla, Jõhvi and Narva from Tuesday.

Lutsar worried about pace of vaccination

20.07.21 NEWS ... Professor Irja Lutsar, head of the government's scientific advisory council, is concerned about the pace of vaccination now that the coronavirus infection rate is rising.

Health Board: 81 new cases of coronavirus diagnosed

20.07.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Eighty-one new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed during the last day, the Health Board (Terviseamet) said on Tuesday.

Reform Party: Covid restrictions should not apply to vaccinated people

20.07.21 NEWS ... The Reform Party faction of the Riigikogu believes vaccinated people should not be subject to restrictions during the next wave of the coronavirus in the autumn.

Pharmacies to offer covid vaccinations from late summer

19.07.21 NEWS ... Pharmacies will be able to start administering coronavirus vaccinations from the end of summer.

West Tallinn Central Hospital to increase COVID-19 treatment capacity

19.07.21 CORONAVIRUS ... West Tallinn Central Hospital, the main location where coronavirus patients are treated in Estonia, is preparing to increase its treatment capacity and is planning to reimpose multiple precautionary measures, hospital chief Arkadi Popov announced.

State to motivate vaccinators with performance pay

19.07.21 CORONAVIRUS ... In order to increase vaccination tempo and to achieve 70 percent vaccine coverage in Estonia, the Health Insurance Fund (Haigekassa) will begin paying out bonuses to family physicians, nurses and special treatment providers depending on the effectiveness of their vaccination initiative.

36,450 vaccine doses to arrive in Estonia this week

19.07.21 NEWS ... More than 36,000 coronavirus vaccine doses will arrive in Estonia this week, with more than 29,000 doses coming from Pfizer/BioNTech.

Ministry to grant schools right to ask teachers for vaccine certificate

19.07.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The Ministry of Education and Research is planning on granting schools the right to ask teachers for vaccination certificates for when the school year begins on September 1.

Rapid tests can be used at Estonian border from Monday

19.07.21 NEWS ... From Monday (July 19), both PCR and rapid coronavirus tests can be taken at the Estonian border. The rapid tests give a result in 30 minutes.

Health Board: 34 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed

19.07.21 CORONAVIRUS ... 34 new coronavirus cases have been found of a total 2,084 tests taken - a rate of 1.6 percent - in Estonia over the past 24 hours, the Health Board announced.

Health Board: 41 new coronavirus in past 24 hours, no deaths

18.07.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Forty-one new coronavirus cases in Estonia have been detected in the past twenty-four hours, the Health Board (Terviseamet) says. There have been no deaths relating to the virus over the same time period, the board says.

Driving test mask-wearing requirement lifted for those vaccinated

17.07.21 CORONAVIRUS ... From Monday, those taking their driving test are waived the face-mask-wearing requirement, provided they can provide proof of coronavirus vaccination.

Gallery: Tallinn market coronavirus vaccine bus attracts plenty of interest

17.07.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Members of the public were waiting in line Saturday morning, to take advantage of a coronavirus vaccine drive at Tallinn's central maket (Keskturg), which required no registration in advance.

Health Board: 64 new coronavirus cases in past 24 hours, no deaths

17.07.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The Health Board (Terviseamet) has reported sixty-four new coronavirus cases in Estonia over the past twenty-four hours. No deaths relating to the virus have been reported during that time.

Coronavirus wastewater surveys postponed a week

17.07.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Regular weekly coronavirus wastewater surveys are taking a break again this week. While the original plan had been to resume the surveys, which report rates of coronavirus traces found in sewage, earlier, the Health Board (Terviseamet) is unable to provide the same methodologies as the University of Tartu, which had been conducting the work through to the end of the academic year. The board says it will be able to provide data next week.

Swedbank profits up €1.6 million on year to first half of 2021

16.07.21 ECONOMY ... Swedbank Estonia has reported first half of 2021 profits of €89.2 million, a rise of a little under two percent on the same period last year.

29 children infected with coronavirus at summer camp

16.07.21 NEWS ... Twenty-nine children became infected with coronavirus at a children's camp in Pärnu County, the Health Board said on Friday. Preliminary data suggests they have delta strain of the virus.

Estonia joins NATO's Multinational Ammunition Warehousing Initiative

16.07.21 NEWS ... Estonia and seven other NATO Member Countries have signed the Multinational Ammunition Warehousing Initiative which allows them to share ammunition storage in order to better protect each other and work together.

Government opts to donate 400,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to African nations

16.07.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Estonia is to donate 400,000 coronavirus vaccine doses to sub-Saharan African countries as part of an initiative drawn up in June, the government announced Thursday.

Health Board: 62 new coronavirus cases diagnosed

16.07.21 NEWS ... Sixty-two new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed in the last day, the Health Board (Terviseamet) said on Friday.

Gallery: Vaccination bus makes first stop in Ida-Viru County

16.07.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The coronavirus vaccination bus from Viljandi Hospital started its tour of Estonia in Sillamäe, Ida-Viru County on Thursday. In total, 221 people were vaccinated.

Health minister: Government not currently discussing new restrictions

15.07.21 NEWS ... The government is not discussing new possible restrictions at the moment, Minister of Health and Labor Tanel Kiik (Center) said on Thursday. He added that many restrictions still apply today and that if the virus spreads, the government may lower the number of visitors at events.

0.13 percent of fully vaccinated people diagnosed with coronavirus

15.07.21 NEWS ... As of the beginning of this week, 0.13 percent of people who have completed the vaccination course have become infected with coronavirus afterward. About 0.02 percent of those vaccinated have needed hospital treatment.
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