Coronavirus

Health Board focusing on Delta strain patients to protect hospitals

26.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... The Health Board on Wednesday said it would change its work to focus on the Delta strain of coronavirus and those who contract it. Suffers of the strain are more likely to be hospitalized.

Prime minister: We cannot restore rapid tests today

26.01.22 NEWS ... Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform) said that the government is proceeding based on COVID-19 scientific advisory body recommendations and that a negative rapid test result will not be restored on par with Covid certificates any time soon.

Tallinn not moving all schools to distance learning

26.01.22 NEWS ... Mayor of Tallinn Mihhail Kõlvart has said there are no plans to send all schools in the capital to distance learning in the near future.

Scientific council chief: PCR testing in current form is unsustainable

26.01.22 NEWS ... The head of the government's scientific council Toivo Maimets said the coronavirus PCR testing system should be reviewed because there is no point in continuing in the current system.

Health Board: 287 hospitalized patients, 5,845 new cases, 5 deaths

26.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... On Wednesday morning, 287 patients were being treated for coronavirus in Estonia's hospitals and a record number of cases was set for the third day in a row.

Almost 700 Estonian Defense Forces members isolating due to coronavirus

26.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... Hundreds of members of the Estonian Defense Forces have either tested positive for coronavirus or are isolating as close contacts, the chief medical officer said on Tuesday.

New coronavirus testing center opens in Tartu

26.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... A new PCR coronavirus testing center has been opened in Tartu next to the A. Le Coq Sports Hall amid record-high numbers of new cases.

Center MP: Government not bound by Covid advisory council recommendation

25.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... A recommendation made by the government's coronavirus advisory board that proof of negative Covid antigen rapid test results should not be restored as a means of gaining access to restaurants and other venues alongside the existing proof of vaccination is just that – a recommendation and one of several opinions on the issue, and not binding on the government, the Center Party's Riigikogu group chair Jaanus Karilaid says.

Tallinn mayor: Government lacks coronavirus strategy

25.01.22 NEWS ... Mayor of Tallinn Mihhail Kõlvart (Center) said on Tuesday that the capital expects the government to come up with a clear strategy in the changing pandemic. The mayor would prefer partial and regulated, as opposed to chaotic, remote learning in schools.

Kiik: Scientific council recommends against restoring negative test results

25.01.22 NEWS ... Minister of Health and Labor Tanel Kiik (Center) said that the COVID-19 scientific advisory body has recommended against restoring antigen rapid test results as a way to gain access to restaurants and entertainment venues.

Study: Rise in asymptomatic coronavirus patients

25.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... The number of asymptomatic coronavirus patients is currently higher than at any stage during the pandemic so far, the latest results of the University of Tartu's monitoring study show.

Health Board: 315 hospitalized patients, 5,145 new cases, 5 deaths

25.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Tuesday morning, 315 patients are being treated for coronavirus in Estonia's hospitals and another record number of cases was set.

Omicron forces almost half of schools to move to distance learning

25.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... Almost half of Estonian schools have moved to full or partial distance learning due to the rapidly spreading Omicron coronavirus strain which has pushed news cases to a record high.

Emergency medicine chief: Pressure on health care system increasing

24.01.22 NEWS ... Health Board (Terviseamet) emergency medicine chief Urmas Sule said the workload in the health care system is growing - more and more children are becoming infected with coronavirus and hospitals in general, are overcrowded with other patients.

Health Board: 321 hospitalized patients, 5,040 new cases, 3 deaths

24.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Monday morning, 321 patients are being treated for coronavirus in Estonia's hospital and another record number of cases was set.

Survey: Majority support restoring negative coronavirus test certificates

24.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... A new survey suggests the majority of people support reintroducing negative test certificates so unvaccinated people can attend events.

Hospitals treating 311 for Covid

23.01.22 NEWS ... Hospitals in Estonia were treating 311 patients with the coronavirus on Sunday morning, the Health Board reports.

Omicron spread sees Covid cases in schools triple over past week

22.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... Rapid testing in schools resulted in a three-fold increase in positive Covid cases over the past week, to 3,899 among pupils, teachers and other staff combined. Over half the positive results were reported in Harju County, the most populous region of the country.

Estonia's Covid travel restrictions on arrivals from Monday, January 24

22.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... Estonia's Covid travel restrictions regime for European countries from Monday, January 24 remains unchanged on the previous week, with only the Vatican City State on the 'Green' (no restrictions) list. Arrivals from all other European countries are on the 'Red' list, meaning unvaccinated individuals must quarantine 10 days on arrival.

Health Board: 296 hospitalized patients, 4,783 new cases, 4 deaths

22.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... As of the morning of January 22 there are 296 people hospitalized due to the coronavirus, the Health Board (Terviseamet) reports. 4,783 primary Covid test results analyzed in the past twenty-four hours returned positive, while four people who had contracted the virus passed away over the same time-frame, the board says.

Scientific council to argue for Covid restrictions easing

22.01.22 NEWS ... Head of the government's scientific council Toivo Maimets says that the Health Board (Terviseamet) and the scientific council are jointly presenting the government's evaluation, on the basis of which, restrictions could be removed.

'Flu cases rise 10-fold after increased testing

21.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... The incidence of influenza in Estonia rose ten-fold over a week, the Health Board (Terviseamet) says, the result of Covid tests also analyzing samples for Influenza A, Influenza B and Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), from the start of this week.

Health Board: 324 hospitalized patients, 4,480 new cases, 5 deaths

21.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Friday morning, 324 coronavirus patients are being treated in hospitals across Estonia and a record 4,480 new cases were recorded in the last day, data from the Health Board shows. There were five deaths.

Irja Lutsar: People should be allowed to events if they test negative

20.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... Former government scientific council chief virology professor Irja Lutsar told ERR in an interview that she considers it reasonable to allow people entry to events if they go through coronavirus testing, since the Omicron variant has changed the epidemiological situation.

Health Board: 322 hospitalized patients, 3,845 new cases, 4 deaths

20.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Thursday morning, 322 patients are being treated for coronavirus in Estonia's hospital. A new case record was set with 3,845 positive tests.

Health Board supports stopping COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic people

19.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... The Health Board no longer considers it reasonable to keep testing people who display no symptoms of the coronavirus. Students that are deemed close contacts should no longer go through PCR testing, but rather get a rapid test.

Communicable diseases expert supports ending mass PCR testing

19.01.22 NEWS ... Advisor to the Justice Chancellor and expert in communicable diseases Martin Kadai says that he supports ending mass PCR testing on the grounds that it is not necessary for treating patients, and as a result isn't a cost-effective tool.

75 booster dose recipients have been hospitalized

19.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... 75 people vaccinated with an additional coronavirus vaccine dose have been hospitalized since booster doses were made available to the public at the end of 2021.

Covid testing process for school children to change

19.01.22 NEWS ... Due to the speed of the Omicron strain spread, the rate of Covid testing has doubled and as a result, the Health Board (Terviseamet) and the Ministry of Education and Research are making a proposal to finish doing PCR tests on close contact children and replace them with quick tests. When the government agrees with the plan, the new force will enter into force from Monday.

Health Board: 315 hospitalized patients, 3,159 new cases, 3 deaths

19.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Wednesday morning, 315 coronavirus patients are being treated in hospitals across Estonia and a record 3,159 new cases were recorded in the last day, data from the Health Board shows. There were three deaths.

Health Board official: Hospitalizations mostly caused by Delta strain

19.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... Health Board emergency medicine chief Urmas Sule told ERR on Tuesday that most hospitalized coronavirus patients in Estonia are infected with the Delta variant.

Health Board: 318 hospitalized patients, 2,303 new cases, 3 deaths

18.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Tuesday morning, 318 coronavirus patients are being treated in hospitals across Estonia and a 2,303 new cases were recorded in the last day, data from the Health Board shows. There were three deaths.

Health minister: Several people interested in Health Board director job

18.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... Several candidates have expressed interest in taking up the position of Health Board director general after previous director Üllar Lanno resigned last September, Minister of Health and Labor Tanel Kiik (Center) told ERR.

Lutsar: Mass PCR testing no longer justified

17.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... University of Tartu virology professor and former head of the government's scientific council Irja Lutsar told ERR that massive PCR testing is no longer justified due to the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Health Board: 309 hospitalized patients, 2,104 new cases, 5 deaths

17.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Monday morning, 309 coronavirus patients are being treated in hospitals across Estonia and a 2,104 new cases were recorded in the last day, data from the Health Board shows. There were five deaths.

Hospitals treating 280 coronavirus patients

16.01.22 NEWS ... Hospitals in Estonia were treating 280 patients with the coronavirus on Sunday, the Health Board reports.

Covid test results to be combined with those for 'flu, RSV starting Monday

15.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... From Monday, those getting tested for Covid at public testing points will also receive results on their 'flu and Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) status, all from the same test sample.

Start of new school term sees highest Covid figures since survey began

15.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... The return of schools from the Christmas and New Year's break has seen a surge in the number of Covid cases revealed by in-school rapid testing. The figure for the past week, 1,224 positive cases, is the highest since the regular, weekly testing commenced, at the start of last November.

Estonia's Covid travel restrictions on arrivals from Monday, January 17

15.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... With the exception of the Vatican City State, from Monday, January 17 2022, all European countries are on Estonia's travel restrictions "Red" list, meaning unvaccinated individuals must quarantine 10 days on arrival. Romania, previously on the "Green" list (no restrictions) has moved down two levels to the "Red" list, while no countries appear on the intermediate "Yellow" list.

Doctor of the year is Pille Mukk

14.01.22 NEWS ... Pulmonologist Pille Mukk was named doctor of the year, receiving her award from Prime Minister Kaja Kallas and Minister of Social Affairs Tanel Kiik at a ceremony Thursday, ETV news show 'Aktuaalne kaamera' (AK) reported. A pulmonologist who specializes in the lungs and the rest of the respiratory system.

Wastewater survey: Coronavirus content has decreased over previous week

14.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... The amount of coronavirus particles in wastewater has decreased some compared to last week, results from the most recent round of the Health Board's wastewater survey shows. The virus has spread very widely in the Viimsi-Muuga region near Tallinn.

Health Board: 269 hospitalized patients, 2,087 new cases, 3 deaths

14.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Friday morning, 269 coronavirus patients are being treated in hospitals across Estonia and a record 2,087 new cases were recorded in the last day, data from the Health Board shows. There were three deaths.

Prime minister: We are prepared to amend energy support measures

13.01.22 ECONOMY ... While the government did not make any decisions regarding the energy inflation support measures on Thursday, they are prepared to amend the support scheme in order to make it simpler for people to apply.

Health Board: 241 hospitalized patients, 2,438 new cases, 4 deaths

13.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Thursday morning, 241 coronavirus patients are being treated in hospitals across Estonia and a record 2,438 new cases were recorded in the last day, data from the Health Board shows. There were four deaths.

Health Board: Coronavirus infection R rate has hit 1.3

12.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... Last week, coronavirus infections in Estonia grew 70 percent, especially among young people. The infection reproduction number R has grown to 1.3, the Health Board announced on Wednesday.

Popov in support of reimplementing rapid tests for public space entry

12.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... West Tallinn Central Hospital (LTKH) chief physician and former Health Board emergency medicine chief Arkadi Popov told ERR that he would support reimplementing the use of rapid tests to enter public spaces and events. A similar proposal was made by the Riigikogu opposition recently, but it was not approved by the Reform-Center coalition partnership.

Health Board: 240 hospitalized patients, 2,202 new cases, 4 deaths

12.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Wednesday morning, 240 coronavirus patients are being treated in hospitals across Estonia and 2,202 new cases were recorded in the last day, data from the Health Board shows. There were four deaths.

Minister: Negative test proof could be reapplied if Delta strain recedes

11.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... Minister of Health and Labor Tanel Kiik (Center) told ERR that the risk of coronavirus spread is no longer too high and if the spread of the Delta strain was to deteriorate, the option of presenting proof of a negative test when entering public spaces could be reimplemented.

Health Board: 251 hospitalized patients, 1,981 new cases, 3 deaths

11.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... As of Tuesday morning, 251 coronavirus patients are being treated in hospitals across Estonia and 1,981 new cases were recorded in the last day, data from the Health Board shows. There were three deaths, one being a 7-year old boy.

PERH doctor: Omicron coronavirus strain will fill hospitals

11.01.22 CORONAVIRUS ... The number of patients admitted to hospital is expected to rise as the Omicron coronavirus strain is spreading rapidly, the chief physician of the North Estonia Medical Center (PERH) said on Tuesday.
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