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The Baltic States for the first time refused electricity from Russia

Latvia, without explanation, stopped commercial imports from Russia for two days, on April 8 and 11, during tests on disconnecting power lines between Belarus and Lithuania to check the power systems before the full exit of the Baltic countries from the BRELL energy ring (Belarus, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania).

These days in Russia, due to the termination of export supplies, demand and prices for electricity have fallen. In the Baltic States, the opposite situation occurred, for example, on April 8, Lithuania increased purchases of more expensive electricity from Poland and Sweden to compensate for imports.

The authorities of Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia have decided to abandon the supply of electricity from Russia and Belarus and disconnect from the BRELL power ring in 2019. Instead, the countries intend to synchronize their energy systems with European countries and connect to the EU networks by 2025. At the same time, the Baltic countries are already connected to the EU energy system through Poland (LitPol Link), Sweden (NordBalt), and Finland (Eastlink 1 and Eastlink 2).

In January, it became known that the operator of the main networks of Finland, Fingrid, presented four plans for the development of the country’s energy system, three of which provide for a complete rejection of imports through the development of wind and solar power plants. The country is the largest buyer of Russian energy, the volume of supplies in 2020 reached 22 billion rubles, which is more than a third of all exports. However, in two plans, Finland in the future has planned to completely abandon the energy bridge passing through Vyborg.

In Estonia, the number of people who want to be vaccinated against COVID-19 has increased dramatically

The willingness of Estonian residents to be vaccinated against COVID-19 has increased dramatically over the past few weeks.

This is reported by ERR.

According to a survey by Turu-uuringute AS, commissioned by the State Chancellery, as of the end of March, 75% of respondents were ready to be vaccinated against coronavirus. The respondents also include people who have already been given the vaccine.

This indicator has been steadily increasing since the beginning of January. Two weeks ago, 71% of respondents were ready to be vaccinated, a month ago — 69%.

This is due to an increase in the number of vaccinated people, a decrease in the number of skeptics, and those who have a negative attitude to vaccination against COVID-19.

At the beginning of January, 16% of respondents expressed the opinion that they most likely do not plan to be vaccinated. At the end of March, their number decreased to 10%.

15% of respondents were against vaccination in early January, and 12% in mid — and late March.

At the same time, the sense of danger due to the spread of the coronavirus, which has been growing steadily since the beginning of February and reached a record high two weeks ago, has begun to decline. According to the latest data, 69% of respondents consider the situation critical, while 81% thought so in mid-March.

Recall that the Estonian government recently continued the existing restrictions to combat the coronavirus epidemic until April 25.

Strict quarantine in Estonia was introduced on March 11. From this day on, all stores are closed, except for grocery stores, pharmacies, pet stores, gas stations, and others that sell basic necessities. Restaurants can only sell take-out or take-out meals.

In Germany, predicted the “most severe” wave of the pandemic

The third wave of the pandemic in Germany may be “the most severe,” said Lothar Wheeler, head of the Robert Koch Institute. According to him, the next rampant coronavirus in the country is caused by the spread of the “British” strain of infection.

A couple of weeks ago, Wheeler acknowledged the onset of the third wave of the pandemic in Germany. The statement was made on the basis of the growing dynamics of coronavirus infections in the country.

Scientists of the institute noted that in January and February in Germany, there was a downward trend in COVID-19 diseases. In March, the situation changed. The indicators for the infection of citizens with the infection began to grow again. Experts then suggested that a new strain of the virus, which is characterized by a higher rate of spread, began to rage in the country.

Last week, the representative of the European Commission, Dana Spinant, said that European countries are covered by the third wave of the pandemic. According to her, somewhere the infection spreads gradually, somewhere at a rapid pace. Spirant stressed that the current situation suggests the need to speed up vaccination of the population. The statement of the representative of the European Commission was made against the background of an increase in the number of infections in Finland, Poland, France, Estonia, Italy, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Belgium, and other countries.

Italy and France have announced their readiness to resume vaccination of AstraZeneca

The authorities of Italy and France announced their readiness to resume the use of the coronavirus vaccine, which was created by the British-Swedish company AstraZeneca, in the vaccination campaigns of their countries. This is reported on the website of the Italian government.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi held a telephone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron. They discussed the suspension of the AstraZeneca drug in some European countries. “This is a temporary precautionary measure that will last until Thursday, March 18, until the analysis of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is completed,” the report said.

If the EMA gives a positive verdict on the drug, Italy, and France are ready to “immediately return to its use”.

20 European countries have decided to ban the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine. The authorities of Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, and Spain have partially or completely stopped vaccination. The cause was the occurrence of thrombosis in the vaccinated.

At the same time, the company stated about the safety of the vaccine. AstraZeneca explained that a detailed study of the health status of more than 17 million people vaccinated in the EU and the UK with the coronavirus drug showed no data on an increased risk of pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, or thrombocytopenia.

Estonia imposes severe restrictions due to coronavirus

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.