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via estonianworld04/13/2021

The Estonian internal security: Russian espionage a permanent threat, China interested in Estonia - Estonian World

According to the 2020-2021 annual review by the Estonian Internal Security Service – colloquially known as kapo – Russian espionage against the country remained a continuous and permanent threat even during the coronavirus pandemic, although the spying is now done more in the cyberspace; Estonia is also facing the danger of the special services of the communist People’s Republic of China.

via bnn-news04/13/2021

Estonia's cyber defence centre holds largest NATO exercise this far -

In Estonia, on Tuesday, April 13, there begins the international cyber defence exercise Locked Shields, which, according to the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, is the largest this far, Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports. The exercise Locked Shields will take place from Tuesday to Friday, April 9, in a new format for 2021. […]

via bnn-news04/12/2021

Estonian PM warns of austerity policy ahead -

The Estonian state budget has a considerable hole and cuts in spending will be needed to fill it up, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas has stated, according to the ERR broadcaster. In a weekend TV interview with the Hommik Anuga morning talk show, Kallas warned that Estonia is headed into difficult years, looking at recent […]

via schengenvisainfo04/10/2021

Slovenia Continues to Keep in Place its Border Restrictions Due to COVID-19 - -

Slovenia’s Ministry of Interior has announced that traffic-related measures imposed at the border will remain effective due to the current Coronavirus situation. However, there could be some changes applied, based on the epidemiological situation in other countries, reports. Due to the Coronavirus situation, authorities in Slovenia have narrowed down the list of countries the […]

via news.err.ee04/08/2021

Huko Aaspõllu: Economic boom around the corner - ERR News

We are about to enter a coronavirus recovery boom. The economy opening up is a matter of a few months. At the same time, we should not forget that not everyone has been hit equally in the crisis and for those who drew the shortest stick, recovery might even work to deepen inequality, Huko Aaspõllu finds in Vikerraadio's daily comment.

via bnn-news04/07/2021

Estonian hotel businesses keep head above water with local guests, Finns and Latvians -

During the low cross-border activity of foreign tourists amid the Covid-19 crisis, active domestic tourists help the Estonian accommodation industry stay in business. In February 2020, 99.5 thousand tourists spent 187,000 nights in Estonian accommodation establishments, official statistics showed. Statistics Estonia wrote in a press release on Wednesday, April 7, Helga Laurmaa, analyst at Statistics […]

via bnn-news04/06/2021

Estonia increases speed limits to summer levels -

Estonia has from Tuesday, April 6, switched to summer driving speed limits outside cities and towns, public broadcaster ERR reports. The Estonian Transport Administration announced earlier in the week that the speed limit will be 120 km/h on a 24-kilometre section of the Tallinn–Tartu–Võru–Luhamaa highway in good weather conditions. Read also: Latest COVID-19 cases in […]

via news.err.ee04/13/2021

Scientific council head: Schools should be first to exit restrictions - ERR News

Head of the government's advisory scientific council Irja Lutsar is careful when discussing coronavirus restrictions and emphasizes that coronavirus spread indicators have not actually gotten much better in Estonia. Lutsar noted that schools should be among the first to open once again, especially in regions with lower infection indicators.

via schengenvisainfo04/12/2021

Estonia Extends Requirement of Quarantine & Negative Test Results for All Travellers for Another Week - -

The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that all persons entering Estonia from a European Union country placed on the high-risk COVID-19 list during the period April 12 – April 18, 2021, are required to undergo testing and remain self-isolated for ten days. The new measures entered into force on April 5, reports. […]

via news.err.ee04/09/2021

Coronavirus level in wastewater remains high but shows signs of decline - ERR News

The concentration of coronavirus in samples taken from larger cities of Estonia has started to decline, the latest study from the University of Tartu shows. However, the virus is widely spread all over Estonia and still abundant in the wastewater, so the situation does not seem to be easing just yet.

via ebu.ch04/09/2021

EBU Members line up to broadcast European Championships of various sports after COVID disruption - European Broadcasting Union

EBU Members and other broadcasters are embracing the imminent return of the European Championships of various sports with their plans for comprehensive coverage, continuing with the European Rowing Championships in Varese, Italy. The broadcasters have welcomed a stabilisation of the international sporting...

via schengenvisainfo04/08/2021

Italy Prolongs Quarantine Obligation for All EU Travelers Until End of April - -

Italy’s government has decided to extend its mandatory quarantine requirement for persons seeking to enter the country from all European Union countries, until April 30, due to the current Coronavirus situation. Italy’s Ministry of Health has announced that mandatory quarantine rules currently applied to all passengers from the European Union or Schengen Zone Area, which […]

via estonianworld04/07/2021

A spray created in Estonia may help prevent the coronavirus infection - Estonian World

In cooperation between Estonian companies, the University of Tartu and the Estonian University of Life Sciences, technology has been developed for producing nasal and throat spray based on antibodies against the novel coronavirus – and initial studies have shown it may help prevent infection.

via finance.yahoo04/06/2021

AS Tallink Grupp statistics for March 2021 and the first quarter of the 2021 financial year - Yahoo Finance

In March 2021 AS Tallink Grupp transported 71 979 passengers, which is a 74.2% decrease compared to March 2020. The number of cargo units decreased by 10.2% to 31 466 units and the number of passenger vehicles decreased by 53.1% to 19 720 units in the same comparison. In the first quarter of the 2021 financial year (January – March) AS Tallink Grupp transported 267 224 passengers, which is an 82.9% decrease compared to the previous year. The number of transported cargo units decreased by 14.5% to 85 156 units and the number of passenger vehicles decreased by 60.2% to 75 815 units in same comparison. AS Tallink Grupp passenger, cargo unit and passenger vehicles numbers for March 2021 and the first quarter of the financial year were the following: March 2021March 2020ChangeQ1 2021Q1 2020ChangePassengers71 979279 507-74.2%267 2241 566 730-82.9%Finland - Sweden13 28671 030-81.3%56 077469 607-88.1%Estonia - Finland55 419170 380-67.5%201 446847 818-76.2%Estonia - Sweden3 27419 707-83.4%9 701140 544-93.1%Latvia - Sweden018 390-100.0%0108 761-100.0% Cargo Units31 46635 037-10.2%85 15699 617-14.5%Finland - Sweden6 2176 565-5.3%16 95020 574-17.6%Estonia - Finland21 52624 137-10.8%57 59564 739-11.0%Estonia - Sweden3 7233 6262.7%10 61111 078-4.2%Latvia - Sweden0709-100.0%03 226-100.0% Passenger Vehicles19 72042 045-53.1%75 815190 292-60.2%Finland - Sweden1 7144 126-58.5%7 73920 000-61.3%Estonia - Finland17 91834 246-47.7%67 743151 492-55.3%Estonia - Sweden881 504-94.1%3338 844-96.2%Latvia - Sweden02 169-100.0%09 956-100.0% COVID-19 related travel restrictions were the key operational factor influencing the developments in March 2021 and in the first quarter of the financial year. ESTONIA – FINLANDIn the first quarter, operations of cruise ferry Silja Europa were suspended. Estonia-Finland statistics includes both shuttle and cargo operations on Tallinn-Helsinki route. ESTONIA – SWEDENIn the first quarter, operations of the Tallinn-Stockholm route were suspended. Estonia-Sweden statistics includes operations of the Paldiski-Kapellskär cargo route. FINLAND – SWEDENIn the first quarter, cruise ferry Galaxy did not operate on the route for 4 days due to scheduled maintenance. Operations of the Helsinki-Stockholm route were suspended. Finland-Sweden statistics reflect the operations of Turku-Stockholm route. LATVIA – SWEDENIn the first quarter, operations of the Riga-Stockholm route were suspended. Joonas JoostFinancial Director AS Tallink GruppSadama 510111 Tallinn, EstoniaE-mail Attachment 2021 03 ENG Q1

via bnn-news04/12/2021

Estonia continues vaccination of elderly as wait for specific vaccine deemed unfounded -

Estonia currently continues the anti-Covid-19 vaccination elderly citizens. The process has been hampered, however, by a part of senior citizens waiting for a vaccine from a specific manufacturer. A virology professor has pointed out that their efficacy is about the same, Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports. In the Easter weekend, the largest vaccination drive took […]

via business-standard04/12/2021

US reiterates call for investigation into the origins of Covid-19 - Business Standard

Read more about US reiterates call for investigation into the origins of Covid-19 on Business-standard. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday launched a scathing attack against China for a lack of transparency during "the early stages" of the coronavirus pandemic

via dvidshub.net04/09/2021

Maryland National Guard Visits State Partners at the United States Army Maneuver Center of Excellence - DVIDS

As the world has battled the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maryland National Guard focused on domestic operations supporting the state's response to the virus and was unable to work with their state partners from Estonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina in over a year. Due to restrictions on travel and other safety guidelines put in place, all in-person State Partnership Program exercises and training with international partners were called off or put on hold.

via bnn-news04/09/2021

Estonian capital closes street for frogs' sake -

To allow thousands of migrating frogs cross a street to their breeding ponds, a street in Tallinn will be closed for the period of two weeks, Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports. The frog migration place is located in Tallinn’s Haabersti district. There the Astangu tänav street will be closed between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. […]

via news.err.ee04/08/2021

Social ministry official: We will not rush to change tactics - ERR News

After the European Medicines Agency announced that blood clots are a very rare side effect of the AstraZeneca vaccine, Ministry of Social Affairs Undersecretary Maris Jesse said the state would not change the recommendation to use the vaccine for people under the age of 60.

via heritage.org04/06/2021

European Defense Spending Still Rising, but COVID-19 Poses Retrenching Risk -

Defense budgets in Europe have thus far weathered the coronavirus pandemic surprisingly well. While that’s good news, it’s no time to become complacent. As the economic impact of the pandemic comes more clearly into focus over the next few years, maintaining defense spending will require sustained political will.