The more aggressive British strain of coronavirus is more prevalent in Estonia than predicted.
The Estonian government at an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday approved the introduction of large-scale restrictions from March 11 to April 11 in connection with the spread of coronavirus. On Tuesday, March 9, Delfi reports.
“The latest data show that the more aggressive ‘British’ strain of the coronavirus is more prevalent in Estonia than predicted. Our medical system is in crisis,” said Prime Minister Kaya Kallas.
According to her, the situation is especially critical in Tallinn and Northern Estonia, but the situation is “alarming” throughout Estonia.
“The government has decided to introduce additional restrictions, the purpose of which is to reduce to a minimum contact between people. This is the only way to get out of this crisis. It depends on the behavior of each of us how quickly we will succeed, “the prime minister stressed.
So, to prevent the spread of coronavirus in public spaces outdoors, the country is introducing a restriction on movement according to the 2 + 2 principle, which means that up to two people can move together, who must keep a distance of two meters from others.
The government strongly recommended that children should not be taken to kindergarten unless absolutely necessary. Distance learning is being introduced in schools, including for primary school students, which was not the case before.
Since March 11, sports, training, youth work, education, and hobby activities, additional education, and professional development have been prohibited on the premises. Sports competitions, as well as sports and events promoting an active lifestyle, public events in the field of culture, entertainment, are prohibited, SPA, swimming pools, baths are closed.
Stores are also closing, with the exception of grocery stores, pharmacies, telecommunications firms, opticians, pet stores, and gas stations. It will be forbidden to eat and drink in the cafes at the gas stations.
For catering establishments, only takeaway food sales are allowed.
According to the Health Board, the two-week cumulative incidence in Estonia has doubled since 17 February. On March 7, it exceeded 1,300 cases per 100,000 inhabitants – one of the highest rates in the European Union.
Let us remind you that the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine was administered to the President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid.
It was also reported that Estonia has run out of COVID vaccines, while the country’s epidemic is reaching record highs.