Stores to implement stricter coronavirus restrictions

19.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The Estonian Traders Association has announced that all stores will begin demanding mask-wearing from customers from October 25. In addition, active sales and tastings will be suspended and malls will close common areas.

Martin Kadai: General restrictions do not solve crisis

19.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Implementing a curfew for the whole country does not solve the issue of hospitals being overburdened, but instead extends the crisis, former Health Board emergency medical department head Martin Kadai told ERR about Latvia's decision to implement strict restrictions against the coronavirus. He said the solution is increasing risk group vaccination rates.

Tartu University Hospital closing operating rooms to treat covid patients

19.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Tartu University Hospital will close its operating theaters to help reorganize treatment for coronavirus patients, newspaper Tartu Postimees reported on Tuesday.

Second most popular election candidate: Result an assessment of my work

19.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Mustamäe district elder and Center Party member Lauri Laats received the second-most votes in Estonia during the local government elections last week - 8,466 votes. Laats told ERR that the result is an advance from the voters for the upcoming period.

Ratas not ruling out new coronavirus emergency situation

19.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The government has not yet discussed establishing an emergency situation but it must be considered if scheduled hospital treatments are suspended, as in Latvia, Center Party chairman Jüri Ratas said on Tuesday.

Scientific council: Lockdown of no use without vaccinations

19.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The coronavirus restrictions implemented in Latvia will not have a major effect if they are not accompanied by rapid and broad vaccinations, said Irja Lutsar, head of the government's advisory scientific council.

Health Board: 412 hospitalized patients, 1,102 new cases, six deaths

19.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Tuesday morning, 412 coronavirus patients are being treated in hospital and 1,102 new cases were diagnosed during the last day, the Health Board said.

Education ministry proposes changes to coronavirus testing in schools

19.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Minister of Education and Research Liina Kersna (Reform) is set to make a proposal to change coronavirus testing in schools at Tuesday's government sitting, aiming to extend testing to students under the age of 12 and to implement "lollipop" PCR-tests instead of rapid tests.

Latvia plans 'lockdown' from October 21

19.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Latvia will be in "lockdown" for a month from Thursday as the government tries to bring the coronavirus situation under control and relieve pressure on the healthcare system, Latvia's public broadcaster LSM reported on Monday.

Coronavirus round-up: October 11-17

19.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Last week, there were 7,999 cases of coronavirus diagnosed across Estonia compared to 6,455 the week before. There were 29 deaths.

Stagnant pace of vaccination will not help in exit from crisis

18.10.21 NEWS ... Hospital beds were occupied by many new coronavirus patients last week, and the situation is bleak, with a slowdown of vaccination not solving the issue either, ERR reports. At the same time, two-thirds of Estonian adults have completed their vaccination course and are now even awaiting a booster shot.

Health Board: 408 hospitalized patients, 821 cases, three deaths

18.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Monday morning, 408 coronavirus patients are being treated in hospitals across Estonia and 821 new cases were recorded in the last day, data from the Health Board shows. Of the coronavirus patients, 213 (68.9 percent) are unvaccinated and 96 (31.1 percent) are vaccinated.

Hospitals treating 288, four dead from Covid

17.10.21 NEWS ... As of Sunday morning, 288 people are in need of hospital treatment for symptomatic Covid. Hospitals have a total of 379 people who have been infected. Four people died in the last day.

Health Board: 363 hospitalized patients, 1,238 cases, seven deaths

16.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... On Saturday morning, 363 covid patients are being treated in hospital and 1,238 new cases were diagnosed during the last day, the Health Board said.

Estonia has stockpile of almost 230,000 covid vaccine doses

16.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... There are approximately 230,000 doses of coronavirus vaccinations in storage in Estonia waiting to be used, the Health Board said on Friday. Almost 8,000 doses were administered this week.

Hiiu County reaches 80 percent vaccination rate

16.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Estonia's western Hiiu County has become the first to vaccinate 80 percent of residents against coronavirus with at least one dose.

Travel restrictions for arrivals to Estonia from October 18

16.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Six European countries will be on Estonia's green list from Monday, October 18.

Study: Covid waste-water levels rise everywhere, highest in Ida-Viru County

15.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Coronavirus traces in wastewater across Estonia are continuing to rise, according to a recent study conducted on a weekly basis, with Ida-Viru County showing particularly high readings.

Kiik does not support Kallas' tougher coronavirus measures

15.10.21 NEWS ... Minister of Health and Labor Tanel Kiik (Center) told ERR in an interview that he does not support PM Kaja Kallas' tougher coronavirus restrictions. The minister shed light on differences of opinion between Center and Reform when it comes to solving the coronavirus crisis but did not say whether he will resign should hospitals become overwhelmed.

Reform presents Center with its coronavirus proposals

15.10.21 NEWS ... The Reform Party adds five proposals for containing the coronavirus and promoting vaccination to those of Center Party.

Former Health Board department leader: No quick fix to vaccination slowdown

15.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... There is no quick fix to the apparent stalling of Estonia's vaccination program, neither in the form of stick, or of carrot, a former Health Board (Terviseamet) departmental director says. Even offering inducements to getting vaccinated requires clarification of the legal and ethical implications first, the expert added, while suggesting as one solution a more personalized and focused approach to vaccinating at-risk groups.

Health Board: 349 hospitalized patients, six deaths

15.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Friday morning, 349 coronavirus patients are being treated in hospitals. 217 (62.2 percent) of them are unvaccinated and 132 (37.8 percent) are vaccinated.

Interest in booster doses inconsistent nationwide

15.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... In the month of October, a total of 48,000 people were given an opportunity to get a third dose of the coronavirus, but interest for the booster doses has been inconsistent.

Hospital chief: One vaccinated person has needed intensive care in PERH

15.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Many serious cases of COVID-19 could be prevented if people just got vaccinated, chief of medicine at the North Estonia Medical Center (PERH) and scientific council member Peep Talving told ERR on Thursday evening.

€12 million of 2022 state budget to combat remote-learning side-effects

14.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... An additional €12 million has been earmarked in the 2022 state budget bill, currently being processed at the Riigikogu. The money will be used to mitigate the effects of distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic.

Prime minister: PPA to crack-down on businesses flaunting covid rules

14.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) is to crack down on entertainment businesses who intentionally fail to comply with current coronavirus restrictions, primarily the requirement to check customers' coronavirus vaccination certification, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform) said on Thursday. The activities of bars, restaurants and the like who are potential repeat offenders will be scrutinized more carefully, including a monitoring of their social media posts.

Family physician: The government should not act on emotions

14.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Family physician Eero Merilind said in an interview with ERR that doctors need far more money to hire additional staff to restart the vaccination process. The doctor prefers persuasion in getting people to get vaccinated as the use of restrictions is not sustainable.

EKRE, SDE call for clearer government communication

14.10.21 NEWS ... The government needs to be clearer in its communication around coronavirus, vaccination and restrictions, members of opposition parties EKRE and the Social Democrats (SDE) said on Thursday.

Spread of coronavirus in Estonia has reached very high level

14.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The government announced on Thursday, October 14, that the spread of the coronavirus in Estonia has now reached the highest level of risk on the national COVID-19 risk matrix.

Health Board: 342 hospitalized patients, 1,060 cases, five deaths

14.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Thursday morning, 342 patients with coronavirus are being treated in the hospital - a jump from 272 yesterday. Data from the Health Board shows 1,060 new cases were confirmed.

Health minister: We are considering additional motivators for the elderly

13.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Minister of Health and Labor Tanel Kiik (Center) said the government is considering additional vaccination motivators, especially when it comes to the elderly. He said many of Social Democratic MP Jevgeni Ossinovski's proposals have already been implemented.

Health Board: Infections among elderly causing hospitalizations to spike

13.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Both the total number and the infection rate per 100,000 people is highest among school children, especially those aged 10-14. The number of patients requiring hospitalization is growing, largely because of the increased number of elderly patients, the Health Board's weekly overview (link in Estonian) reads.

Prime minister distances from Tuesday's statements regarding restrictions

13.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform) told Vikerraadio on Tuesday that the government is discussing the possibilities of recovering medical costs from unvaccinated people and moving them down scheduled treatment queues, but she distanced herself from the proposals on Wednesday and added that the government does not consider them realistic.

Health Board: 272 hospitalized patients, 1,228 new cases, two deaths

13.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Wednesday morning, 272 patients are being treated in hospitals across Estonia and 1,228 new cases were recorded in the last day, data from the Health Board shows. Of the hospitalized patients, 213 (67.4 percent) are unvaccinated and 103 (32.6 percent) are vaccinated.

Health minister opposes additional restrictions for unvaccinated people

13.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform) said on Tuesday that she supports implementing additional restrictions on unvaccinated people, such as moving unvaccinated people down the queue in case scheduled treatments are limited. Minister of Health and Labor Tanel Kiik (Center) is not in favor of this idea, however.

Health minister opposes additional coronavirus recovery certificate

12.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Health minister Tanel Kiik (Center) opposes creating an additional category of coronavirus certification for those who have recovered from the virus and who as a result have anti-bodies present in their system, but who had not ever had a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test confirming they had the virus.

Tartu University Hospital limits planned treatments as covid numbers rise

12.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Tartu University Hospital, the largest health care provider in Estonia, is limiting planned treatments amid rising coronavirus numbers.

Scientific council supports stricter restrictions for unvaccinated people

12.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Professor of virology and chief of the government's scientific council Irja Lutsar said the council supports significantly stricter restrictions for unvaccinated people. A proposal will also be made to the government to give people with antibodies a short-term certificate of COVID-19 recovery.

Doctors, politicians: 'Vaccination is only way out of coronavirus crisis'

12.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... While doctors and politicians say the only way out of the coronavirus crisis is by vaccination, the rate has almost come to a standstill over recent weeks. Hospitals have started restricting scheduled treatment.

Health Board: 290 hospitalized covid patients, 1,260 new cases, two deaths

12.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... On Tuesday morning, 290 coronavirus patients were receiving treatment in hospital and 1,260 new cases were diagnosed during the last day, the Health Board (Terviseamet) said. There were two more deaths.

Politicians doubt need for new tourism sector wage support measures

12.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The government does not yet see the need for new wage support measures for Estonia's tourism industry, Minister of Enterprise Andres Sutt (Reform) said on Monday.

No new restrictions planned due to low number of covid patients

11.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... There will be between 1,500-1,700 new daily cases of coronavirus by the end of the month, the Health Board has forecast. But there will only be 450 patients in hospital.

Coronavirus round-up: October 4-10

11.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Last week, there were 6,455 cases of coronavirus diagnosed across Estonia compared to 4,965 the week before. There were 27 deaths.

Virologist: Third doses for elderly should move at a faster pace

11.10.21 NEWS ... Virologist Andres Merits told Vikerradio's morning program on Monday that the third coronavirus vaccine doses need to be injected at a faster pace for the elderly, especially bearing in mind the impending school half-term break.

Health Board: 272 hospitalized patients, 727 new cases, six deaths

11.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Monday morning, 272 patients are being treated in hospitals across Estonia and 727 new cases were recorded in the last day, data from the Health Board shows. Of the hospitalized patients, 185 (67.8 percent) are unvaccinated and 88 (32.2 percent) are vaccinated.

255 people hospitalized with COVID-19

10.10.21 NEWS ... As of Sunday morning, 205 people need hospital treatment for symptomatic COVID-19. A total of 255 patients with the coronavirus have been hospitalized of whom two-thirds have not been vaccinated.

Tourism sector calls for new wage support measures

09.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Sectors hit hard by the slow recovery of tourism are hoping the government will reintroduce wage support measures. As the rate of COVID-19 is rising in Estonia, the number of tourists is expected to fall in the coming months.

Latvia declares three-month state of emergency to fight coronavirus

09.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... A national state of emergency will be declared for three months from Monday (October 11) in Latvia to fight coronavirus, the government decided on Friday. Additional restrictions will be introduced.

Health Board: 242 hospitalized covid patients, 1,068 cases, three deaths

09.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... On Saturday, 242 patients are being treated for coronavirus in hospital and 1,068 new cases were confirmed during the last day, the Health Board said. Three people died.

Tartu University Hospital's work seriously disrupted due to coronavirus

09.10.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Tartu University Hospital said on Friday their normal operating rhythm has been severely disrupted. Two of four adult intensive care units have now been converted into COVID-19 units.
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