Paper: 10 COVID-19 infections from Finland, none from Latvia or Lithuania ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Thermal cameras at Port of Tallinn.
Thermal cameras at Port of Tallinn. Source: Siim Lõvi /ERR

Since Estonia loosened its border restrictions 10 new infections have come from Finland but none from Latvia or Lithuania, newspaper Postimees reported on Wednesday.

Data from the Health Board reported by Postimees shows since restrictions were relaxed on May 14 and 15, a total of 14 new infections have been traced to people returning from abroad. Of these, 10 are from Finland, three from Sweden and one from the United Arab Emirates.

University of Tartu virology professor Irja Lutsar, who is head of the government's scientific council against coronavirus, said future agreements struck with other countries would probably mean agreements have to be made with all three Baltic countries.

Lutsar told the daily paper as infections are still high in Sweden and Russia relaxing movement restrictions can be discussed when the virus rate falls.

She said the last remnants of coronavirus will continue for a long time in Estonia and the population will need to learn to live with it. Postimees wrote the increase to double figures of new infections on some days last week and on Monday supports this view. 

Earlier this month Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania reestablished freedom of movement for their citizens between all three countries. Estonia also loosened restrictions allowing Finns to visit the country for work, study or to see family.

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