If the question of masks and screening methods have, like elsewhere, been the subject of much debate, it is the role of digital tools that is at the heart of Estonia's singular response to this unprecedented crisis.
In mid-March the Estonian press reported on the difficulties companies had in obtaining mask supplies on the market, and a price increase of more than 1,000%. On March 22, the Health Board, the national health agency under the Ministry of Social Affairs, announced the imminent arrival of deliveries and explained the difficulties facing the country. For Merike Jürilo, the agency's director general, these difficulties stemmed in particular from German restrictions on the export of masks and Chinese production being halted. At the same time, the country's police authorities indicated that there was a possibility of a shortage of masks for its officers.