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Day brings 543 new cases

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.

Karilaid: EKRE success at self-destruction and the eternal Center Party

18.04.21 OPINION ... Why should the Center Party worry about EKRE? Yes, they have temporarily become the second most popular party, with their vertigo now obvious. But their statements will culminate in a painful hangover. The Center Party will not allow them to spin lies of a police state, coercive treatment and the dangers of the European Union, Jaanus Karilaid writes.

Indrek Kiisler: EKRE knows to take people by the hand

18.04.21 OPINION ... The Conservative People's Party (EKRE) has an uncanny ability to gauge and capitalize on moods in society. Other parties, especially the Social Democrats and Isamaa, have a lot to learn from this.

Popov: No more unchecked spread of virus in the country

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.

65 people have volunteered to work at PERH during coronavirus crisis

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.

Liberal Citizen foundation creates tool to show parties' funding sources

17.04.21 NEWS ... The Liberal Citizen foundation (SA Liberaalne Kodanik), or SALK for short, has published a tool that enables to look at the funding of Estonian political parties since 2013.

Nearly 600 more deaths than births registered in March

17.04.21 NEWS ... Some 1,230 births and some 1,819 deaths were registered in Estonia in March, thus nearly 600 more deaths than births were registered during the month.

Sweden wins Locked Shields 2021 cyber defense exercise

17.04.21 NEWS ... The team from Sweden finished Locked Shields 2021, the largest and most complex international live-fire cyber defense exercise globally, with the highest score.

Estonia sees slower inflation than Europe on average in March

17.04.21 NEWS ... Estonia registered annual inflation of 0.9 percent in March, which is a lower figure than the inflation of 1.3 percent registered for the euro area and 1.7 percent registered for the European Union on the average.

Health Board: No new influenza cases reported last week in Estonia

17.04.21 NEWS ... No new influenza cases were diagnosed in Estonia during week 14. In total, six have been diagnosed this season and two people have been hospitalized.

Survey: Estonians buying less alcohol in Latvia

17.04.21 NEWS ... The share of Estonians buying alcohol in Latvia fell to 23 percent in 2020 - the lowest in four years, a study from the Estonian Institute of Economic Research (EKI) shows. However, there are now concerns rising fuel taxes may send drivers over the border.

Health Board: 333 new coronavirus cases diagnosed

17.04.21 CORONAVIRUS ... 333 new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed during the last day, the Health Board (Terviseamet) said on Saturday.

Tallinn City Center Expat Chat: Rodrigo from Brazil

17.04.21 NEWS ... The sixth interview in our collaboration with the "Tallinn City Center New Arrivals Project" is with Rodrigo from Brazil.

Amount of coronavirus in wastewater decreasing very slowly

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.

Travel restrictions for arrivals to Estonia: April 19-25

17.04.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Travelers arriving from four countries do not need to quarantine on arrival to Estonia from Monday, April 19.

Gallery: NATO naval group arrives in Tallinn ahead of mine clear-up job

16.04.21 NEWS ... A NATO naval sea mines countermeasures group has arrived in Tallinn, ahead of an operation taking place next week.

Fewer people giving blood during pandemic

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.

Man released from Tartu Prison after 38 years behind bars

16.04.21 NEWS ... A man who had been imprisoned in Estonia for 38 years has finally been released.

Estonian firms break record for domestic defense tender deal value

16.04.21 NEWS ... Two Estonian firms have been granted the tender to repoint Estonian Defense Forces (EDF) tracked armored vehicles for several different purposes, in the largest defense contract to be awarded to an Estonian firm by the Estonian state itself.

Estonian, British defense ministers discuss troop removal from Afghanistan

16.04.21 NEWS ... Defense minister Kalle Laanet (Reform) has doubled down on Estonia's view of the United Kingdom as one of the country's most significant NATO allies, in the light of both countries' pending withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Government statistician: COVID-19 hospitalizations halved since March

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.

'Otse uudistemajast': EKRE manipulating protests better than other parties

16.04.21 POLITICS ... ERR's weekly politics discussion show "Otse uudistemajast" looked at the recent growth in support for the opposition Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE), noting that while recent protests were definitely relevant, they were not the whole picture.

Estonia Explained part three: 'The Stare'

16.04.21 FEATURE ... In a new bi-weekly short podcast series entitled 'Estonia Explained', historian and ERR journalist Maarja Merivoo-Parro fuses cultural insight with recent research results, to create an insider's view into topics that might seem bewildering to people who are not from this neck of the woods.

Let's do it! day of civic action to follow 2+2 rule this year

16.04.21 NEWS ... Due to coronavirus related restrictions, the Let's do it! day of civic action will be held Estonia observing the 2+2 rule on May 1 this year.

Prime minister: China appeal welcome address on concerning issue

16.04.21 NEWS ... Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform) says that activities by the government organs of the People's Republic of China are an increasing challenge for Estonia, other small countries, and democracies as a whole. She has also welcomed an open letter published Wednesday, which expressed concerns and issued a call to action on the issue.

Tallink demands Port of Tallinn to return €15 million

16.04.21 NEWS ... Harju County court has started proceedings regarding a claim by the Tallink Group, the Estonia shipping company operating Baltic Sea ferries, against the Port of Tallinn for the return of €15.4 million in port tax. The claim concerns the years of 2017 to 2019. The port, however, thinks the claim is unreasonable.

Public address: On influence activities of the People's Republic of China

16.04.21 OPINION ... Influence activity pursued by the People's Republic of China is a threat to academic and press freedoms. A public letter to the Riigikogu, government, boards of Estonian universities, independent research institutions, journalistic publications and all scientists, teachers, journalists, culture workers and politicians in Estonia.

Culture newspaper Müürileht looking for new editor-in-chief

16.04.21 NEWS ... Modern culture newspaper Müürileht is seeking a new editor-in-chief. Helen Tammemäe, the current editor-in-chief has confirmed that she will not be continuing in the role.

Supermarkets appeal for frontline worker vaccination schedule

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.

Social Affairs ministry official: Our vaccination plan will work

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.

Vaccine passports will end the lockdown, but not for everyone

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.

Luik: Afghanistan mission was very important for Estonia

16.04.21 NEWS ... Participation in the mission in Afghanistan has been very important for Estonia, as it strengthens the defense of Estonia, MP Juri Luik, former longtime minister of defense, told ETV's evening news program "Aktuaalne kaamera" in an interview on Thursday.

University of Tartu to increase prices of dormitories in middle of summer

16.04.21 NEWS ... The University of Tartu is raising halls of residence rents by 10 percent from July 1. Students say they want to postpone this decision, which was made due to the pandemic.

Health Board: 478 new coronavirus cases, six deaths

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.

Veerpalu case brings state awards confiscation total to 14

16.04.21 NEWS ... President Kersti Kaljulaid's decision Thursday to strip former cross-country ski star Andrus Veerpalu of his two state decorations brings the total number of individuals so divested of their awards to fourteen.

A mask is sexy: Teenager rallies against Toompea protesters

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.

Alexela gas prices rise by €0.045 per liter

16.04.21 ECONOMY ... Gasoline prices at filling stations in Estonia have risen again, at least at those run by fuel retailer Alexela.

Disgraced cross-country ski star stripped of both state awards

15.04.21 SPORTS ... President Kersti Kaljulaid is to strip veteran Estonian cross country skier Andrus Veerpalu of his state awards, in the light of a two-year ban he recently received for involvement in illicit blood doping, the president's office announced Thursday.

Kerr Kriisa enters NCAA transfer portal, could leave Arizona

15.04.21 SPORTS ... After Kerr Kriisa's college team Arizona Wildcats hired a new head coach, multiple players have asked for their release, including the Estonian guard, who is looking at his options.

Government endorses regulation updates to e-identification

15.04.21 NEWS ... The government on Thursday approved a draft that will update regulations concerning the assessment of the level of trustworthiness of private e-identification systems.

Daily: Iconic Tartu cinema's new owners Estiko Grupp

15.04.21 NEWS ... The buyer of a building which housed an iconic Tartu cinema which was in its 60th year has been named as investment firm Estiko Grupp, regional daily Tartu Postimees reports. Whether the new owners will repurpose the premises or not is not yet known.

Spring recommendations: What to do in Estonia #4

15.04.21 FEATURE ... Just because Estonia is in lockdown, it doesn't mean there isn't anything to do outside this spring. The Estonian Institute and "Found in Estonia" podcast has six recommendations for you.

Spring birth boom increases number of poorly cared for puppies

15.04.21 NEWS ... The annual spring puppy boom has begun, though on some individual farms, the already large group of dogs living in poor conditions may multiply, ERR reports, focusing on one such case.

Bolt testing car rental in Estonia

15.04.21 NEWS ... Bolt will trial rental cars in Estonia this summer in addition to its scooters and taxis.

Kiik: Vaccination of whole population to start by age group in May

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.

Chinese Embassy advert in Estonian paper denounces Uighur genocide claims

15.04.21 NEWS ... The Chinese Embassy in Estonia paid for a full-page advert in Thursday's edition of the newspaper Õhtuleht which says the allegations of genocide and forced labor carried out by China against the Muslim Uighur minority in Xinjiang are false.

Kallas: Estonia ready to raise Ukraine situation at UN Security Council

15.04.21 NEWS ... Estonia is ready to raise the "worrying" situation in Ukraine at the United Nations Security Council, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform) said on Thursday.

Two Estonian companies presented with prestigious Red Dot Award

15.04.21 NEWS ... The Red Dot Award is one of the greatest design awards in the world. This year, two Estonian companies surpassed the tough competition - Sheetsplint, and HUUM.

Vaping MP misses Riigikogu question spot while chilling to music at home

15.04.21 NEWS ... The realities of remote working hit home for no less august an institution than Estonia's Riigikogu Thursday morning, after one MP was caught in rather relaxed mode, after being called to ask his question.

Tallinners can now apply for first day sick leave benefiits

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.

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