‘There is little left we can do’, says Estonia’s COVID-ridden PM

Kallas also warned that if the spreading of the virus cannot be stopped, the country will have to go under a ‘comprehensive’ lockdown during the summer period. [EPA-EFE/VALDA KALNINA]

Speaking from her sickbed, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas admitted in an interview with ERR news on Wednesday, that everything possible to stop the coronavirus spread in Estonia has been done, and that all that is left to be done is to see whether more vaccines and restrictions will have their effect.

Kallas also warned that if the spreading of the virus cannot be stopped, the country will have to go under a ‘comprehensive’ lockdown during the summer. 

Estonia has become one of the worst affected countries, recording 1,553 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday among a 1.3 million-strong population. The situation has been particularly bad among the Russian speaking population in the country’s eastern parts.

However, according to the PM, restrictions have not yet helped numbers improve.  As of last week, infections have risen by 7%, and by 10% among the older age group.

Next week, some 40,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine should arrive and will be targeted towards at-risk groups and those aged 65 and above.

Asked about the vaccine row between the EU and the UK, Kallas did not hide her irritation and answered with a question: 

“Great Britain does state that they are not establishing export restrictions, but numbers say another thing. Do we use the same weapons for this behaviour or can these things be solved diplomatically so there would not be a vaccine war stemming from shipments?” 

(Pekka Vänttinen | EURACTIV.com)

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