Lutsar: Going to work more does not mean we should have more parties

Irja Lutsar.
Irja Lutsar.

Professor of virology Irja Lutsar on Tuesday called on people to stick to the social distancing rules which aim to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Estonia. Lutsar also said considers she traveling abroad this summer to be risky.

Speaking about the situation and rate of infection in the country to ERR, Lutsar said: "In recent weeks, the jump may have been a little bigger. There were 14 cases here on Saturday, then one or two cases on Sunday and Monday. Again, 10 cases on Tuesday. That 14-day average per 100,000 inhabitants has risen only slightly. Rather, in general, the infection [rate] has remained the same."

Lutsar, a member of the government's scientific council, said the 2+2 rule is still justified. "Avoiding mass events, avoiding big birthdays - it's all still justified."

She added: "Just because we now go to work more, it doesn't mean we should have more parties."

Lutsar also advised migrants traveling between back and forth between Finland and Estonia to avoid attending parties. "I would like to remind those people who [participate in] this labor migration that it is more of a home-work-type migration," she said.

She said when migrants are at home in Estonia they should organize activities with their family and not travel around the country - especially if they have not been tested. They should not organize big parties either.

Last week, severel new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in Estonians commuting to and from Finland or amongst their social circle. At the same time, Lutsar noted Finland's infection rate is falling sharply.

Lutsar said she is not planning to travel abroad this summer, even though she does not like the Estonian summer.


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Editor: Helen Wright

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