Estonia enters month-long lockdown, asks for fairer vaccine distribution

This comes as Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas described the country’s pandemic situation as “extraordinarily critical” on social media. [Shutterstock/Andrei Stepanov]

Estonia has suggested that countries experiencing a faster spread of the virus should receive their pre-ordered vaccines first, Estonian broadcaster ERR news reported.

This comes as Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas described the country’s pandemic situation as “extraordinarily critical” on social media.

The country has presented this proposal to the EU steering group, after receiving support from other members. A statement is also being prepared for the European Commission.

Estonia has been affected by the UK COVID-19 variant at an unprecedented rate, forcing the country to enforce tougher restrictions, despite residents self-isolating.

The new, month-long restrictions will come into effect on Thursday and will see the closure of all stores, except pharmacies, filling stations, grocery and pet stores, telecom shops and medical supply stores. Restaurants will close their doors, but will still be able to do takeaways.

The education and sports sections will also be hit, with distance learning once again becoming the norm and parents being asked to keep their children at home. Sports and training are allowed with only two people and as long as they can safely social distance. The military and professional athletes are the only exceptions to this rule.

(Pekka Vänttinen | EURACTIV.com)

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