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Kontaveit through to Eastbourne semi-finals

24.06.21 SPORTS ... Anett Kontaveit is through to the semi-finals of the Eastbourne WTA tournament, after winning her third game in as many days, seeing off Swiss player Viktorija Golubic in a lengthy encounter which stretched to three sets.

Kallas wants to know justification behind proposed new EU-Russia summit

24.06.21 NEWS ... Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform) said she wants to know the reasoning behind German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron proposing a new EU-Russia summit as nothing has changed.

Police see rise in reported incidents over Midsummer holiday

24.06.21 NEWS ... The Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) have dealt with almost 800 disturbances during the Midsummer holidays so far, an increase of almost 300 compared with the same period last year.

Estonia to join Valneva covid-19 vaccine pre-purchase agreement

24.06.21 NEWS ... Estonia will join the EU pre-purchase agreement with vaccine manufacturer Valneva for an initial 10,000 doses of vaccine which is expected to be ready next year.

Vaccination center to open in Narva shopping center

24.06.21 NEWS ... A covid-19 vaccination center will open in a Narva shopping center to try and encourage people to get vaccinated. Ida-Viru County is the region with the lowest vaccination rate in Estonia.

Health Board: 18 new coronavirus cases diagnosed

24.06.21 NEWS ... Eighteen new coronavirus cases were diagnosed during the last day, the Health Board (Terviseamet) said on Thursday.

Kaljulaid: By protecting ourselves, we help Estonia as a whole

24.06.21 NEWS ... ERR News republishes President Kersti Kaljulaid's Victory Day (Võidupüha) speech, given on June 23 in Paide, in full.

Kontaveit beats world number seven to reach Eastbourne quarter finals

23.06.21 SPORTS ... Anett Kontaveit has breezed past world number seven Bianca Andreescu (Canada) at the Eastbourne tennis tournament in England, winning in straight sets, 6:3, 6:3 and booking herself a place in the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon warm-up tournament.

Gallery: Britain's Red Arrows wow Tallinn with Victory Day display

23.06.21 NEWS ... The Red Arrows, Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF) elite display team found weather on its side Wednesday afternoon and gave a planned spectacle in the skies over Tallinn Bay, marking Victory Day (Võidupüha) in Estonia.

All-time June temperature record of 34.6C posted in Narva

23.06.21 NEWS ... A June temperature record which had stood for over a century in Estonia was broken, and broken again, Wednesday, according to readings taken in the east of the country and at the end of a heatwave which has seen several regional records smashed.

Health Board recommends caution in bathing at three Estonian beaches

23.06.21 NEWS ... The Health Board is urging caution in taking a dip at three different beaches in Pärnu and in the capital, after water readings have returned poor quality levels for the fourth year in a row. The board does not bar swimming at the locations, but recommends children and other at-risk groups do not do so.

Estonia joins several other EU nations in condemning Hungary LGBT+ stance

23.06.21 NEWS ... Estonia has joined twelve other European Union member states from across the bloc in issuing a statement condemning recent legal amendments passed by the parliament of Hungary and put forward by the prime minister of that country, Viktor Orban, who has been in office over a decade, and his party, Fidesz, which would bar the teaching of LGBT+, gender and related matters in schools in Hungary.

Gallery: Storm and downpour reaches Tallinn

23.06.21 NEWS ... While it struck Hiiumaa and the west of Estonia earlier in the morning, ERR photographer Siim Lõvi can't be in all places at all times, but was at least able to snap images of the storm system as it hit the capital at lunchtime. The storm has caused damage to trees, while power outages have already been reported, affecting 10,000 people in Harju County alone.

Coronavirus risk level falls to lowest indicator, Green

23.06.21 NEWS ... Estonia's coronavirus risk level dropped to Green, the lowest-risk category, on Tuesday.

Kontaveit through to round two at Eastbourne

23.06.21 NEWS ... Anett Kontaveit is through to round two of the Eastbourne tennis tournament in England, after overcoming Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russin in three sets, 6:4, 3:6, 6:4.

Gallery: Nearly 800 take part in Paide Victory Day parade

23.06.21 NEWS ... Close to eight hundred people took part in this year's Victory Day (Võidupüha) parade in the central Estonian town of Paide, ERR reports. President Kersti Kaljulaid gave her traditional speech, which focused on the country's defense forces in their entirety, while chief of the volunteer Defense League (Kaitseliit), Brigadier General Riho Ühtegi, also gave a speech, as did Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform).

Health Board: 25 new coronavirus cases in past 24 hours, no deaths

23.06.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Twenty-five coronavirus cases have been detected in Estonia in the past twenty-four hours, the Health Board (Terviseamet) says. No deaths relating to the virus have been reported over the same period.

Gallery: Flag raised in Paide Victory Day morning

23.06.21 NEWS ... The nation blue-black-white flag was raised bright and early at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Victory Day (Võidupüha), in the central Estonian town of Paide, which is playing host to this year's events.

Tõnis Saarts: The fading of Isamaa?

22.06.21 OPINION ... The key to the future of the Isamaa party lies in whether Helir-Valdor Seeder's victorious camp can muster enough political magnanimity not to oust the defeated Parempoolsed (Right-wingers) or ignore their board members and try to involve them instead, political scientist Tõnis Saarts finds in Vikerraadio's daily comment.

NATO planes scrambled eight times last week in response to Russia flights

22.06.21 NEWS ... NATO fighter jets were scrambled eight times last week, identifying and escorting an assortment of Russian Federation military aircraft, new and old, in the process, with Russian activity particularly frenetic on June 15-17. In one case, two Russian jets violated Lithuanian, and therefore European Union and NATO, airspace.

Estonian, allied aircraft to fly over Victory Day parade Wednesday

22.06.21 NEWS ... Estonian and allied aircraft are to fly over the Victory Day parade in the central Estonian county town of Paide on Wednesday, weather permitting.

Spa center files legal action over COVID-19 restrictions

22.06.21 CORONAVIRUS ... A Tallinn spa has lodged a legal action over coronavirus restrictions which, it says, saw it closed for considerably longer than other tourism- and entertainment-related firms, such as restaurants and hotels, themselves the subject of restrictions during the pandemic.

Fifty-percent indoor occupancy COVID-19 restriction gone from Wednesday

22.06.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The fifty-percent occupancy requirement is to be lifted from Wednesday, June 23, on those indoor public places where it was still in place, including stores, restaurants and cafes, the government has announced.

ERR News' working hours over Midsummer holiday

22.06.21 NEWS ... ERR News will operate a reduced service from midday on June 22, through to June 23 and 24, due to the Midsummer holidays.

Lutsar: To coexist with coronavirus, vaccination must increase

22.06.21 NEWS ... A third wave of the coronavirus may occur in autumn but if enough people are vaccinated society should be able to withstand it more easily, said Professor Irja Lutsar, head of the government's research council on Tuesday.

Estonia's bid for Arctic Council observer status unsuccessful

22.06.21 NEWS ... Estonia's bid to become an observer on the Arctic Council was unsuccessful after all members of the council failed to reach a unified decision.

Weather service issues level two heat, storm, fire warning

22.06.21 NEWS ... The Estonian Weather Service issues a level two warning due to high temperatures, potential storms and fires on Tuesday (June 22) and Wednesday (June 23).

Estonia in top ten in innovation across European Union

22.06.21 ECONOMY ... Estonia falls in the top ten in a European Commission ranking of member states' innovation levels.

Fuel companies say gas prices may reach all-time high in Estonia

22.06.21 ECONOMY ... Gasoline prices in Estonia have been steadily rising due to several factors, including recovery from the pandemic and world crude oil prices creeping up. Spokespersons for some of the major fuel retailers in Estonia agree that this trend looks set to continue through summer, and may result in all-time record prices at pump.

Health Board: 37 new coronavirus cases diagnosed, one death

22.06.21 NEWS ... Thirty-seven cases of coronavirus were reported during the last day, the Health Board said on Tuesday.

Heatwave creating extra work for police in Tallinn

22.06.21 NEWS ... The heatwave has created additional work for police in Tallinn in recent days with the biggest problems clustering around Telliskivi.

Court: EKRE must apologize to Indrek Tarand

22.06.21 NEWS ... The Harju County Court on Monday decided that the Estonian Conservative People's Party (EKRE) must apologize to former MEP Indrek Tarand in connection to the events that occurred at a demonstration held in November 2018.

AK: Lifted restrictions not yet led to more arrivals from Russia, Finland

22.06.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Estonia opened its borders Monday to vaccinated arrivals from so-called third countries, referring primarily to non-European Union states and in practice mainly affecting Russian citizens and the Russian Federation, ETV news show 'Aktuaalne kaamera' (AK) reported.

Statistics: Dwelling Price Index rose by 6.6 percent

22.06.21 NEWS ... In the first quarter of 2021, the Dwelling Price Index increased by 6.6 percent compared both to the fourth and the first quarter of 2020, data from Statistics Estonia shows.

Party ratings: Support for Reform falls to lowest since 2019

22.06.21 NEWS ... The governing Reform Party's level of support has fallen to its lowest since February 2019, results of a new survey published by Norstat Eesti AS show.

Kontaveit Eastbourne round one encounter rained off

22.06.21 SPORTS ... Rain postponed play top Estonian tennis player Anett Kontaveit's round one encounter with Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia), at the Eastbourne International Tennis Tournament in England on Monday.

Estonia planning to send assistance to Lithuanian-Belarusian border

22.06.21 NEWS ... Estonia is planning to send additional "officials and equipment" to Lithuania to help control the country's eastern border after a recent increase in migrants trying to cross the EU's eastern border.

Kaia Kanepi pulls out of Tokyo Olympics

22.06.21 SPORTS ... Tennis star Kaia Kanepi has announced she will not be going to Tokyo for next month's olympics, citing coronavirus restrictions and the lack of large crowds as the main factor. She also said that she would need a break between Wimbledon, starting next Monday, and the autumn tournaments.

More heat records broken on Monday

22.06.21 NEWS ... More June heat records were broken on Monday due to the heatwave pushing the air temperature above 33 degrees Celsius.

Kontaveit rises two places in WTA rankings

21.06.21 SPORTS ... Anett Kontaveit has risen two places in the World Tennis Association (WTA) rankings to 27th.

Audit office: KredEx loan refusals not adequately explained to applicants

21.06.21 CORONAVIRUS ... The handling of loan applications by a state body which doled out several very high-profile sums, and many much smaller ones, in the early phase of the coronavirus pandemic, was not consistent, the National Audit Office (Riigikontroll) finds, particularly with regard to loan rejections.

Estonian master's thesis on ferry sinking in spotlight in Sweden

21.06.21 NEWS ... Due to an upcoming study by the Swedish Accident Investigation Authority, a master's thesis defended at the Estonian Maritime Academy, one whose author, Tauri Roosipuu, criticizes the lack of expertise in the public discussion on the sinking of passenger ferry Estonia, has suddenly found itself in the spotlight in Sweden.

Perling to stay with Isamaa after leadership defeat

21.06.21 NEWS ... Lavly Perling who recently ran unsuccessfully for the leadership of opposition Isamaa, has said in an interview with ERR that she will continue with the party, and is planning to run in October's local government elections.

Police raid finds one of largest cannabis hauls of recent years

21.06.21 NEWS ... Police in Pärnu County in southwest Estonia have seized one of the largest hauls of cannabis plants in recent years.

96,750 coronavirus vaccine doses due in Estonia this week

21.06.21 CORONAVIRUS ... Close to 97,000 anti-coronavirus vaccine doses are due in Estonia this week. Since Wednesday and Thursday are national holidays and vaccination centers mostly closed, less than half of this total will actually be administered.

Gallery: Choir music awards

21.06.21 NEWS ... On Sunday, June 20, the Estonian Choir Association announced the recipients of the annual choir and wind music awards at the Tallinn Botanical Gardens. The awards covered last year.

Police officer injured after dangerous driver's central Tallinn rampage

21.06.21 NEWS ... A police officer was hospitalized with injuries in Tallinn Sunday after efforts to intercept a vehicle whose driver is suspected to have been high on drugs led to a police vehicle being rammed.

Riigikogu parties looking for solution to filibustering

21.06.21 NEWS ... The workgroup of the Riigikogu is planning to submit the amendment proposals of the Riigikogu Rules of Procedure and Internal Rules Act. The head of the group, Hanno Pevkur (Reform), said that it's the most difficult to find a solution to obstruction tactics which, he said, may paralyze the Riigikogu's work.

Isamaa leader: No fear about EKRE ahead of local elections

21.06.21 2021 LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS ... Isamaa need not fear failing to win seats at October's local elections, neither should it worry about the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) making inroads into its voter base, Helir-Valdor Seeder, returned as party leader for a second term Sunday, told ETV news show 'Aktuaalne kaamera'.

Child suicides reached record levels last year

21.06.21 NEWS ... The quality of Estonian medicine is so good that fewer and fewer children die from natural causes every year. However, in terms of child suicide rates, Estonia is unfortunately still a world-leader. Last year, most other causes of child death decreased, but suicides set a dark record. Specialists do not associate the statistics singularly to the difficult year.

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