Social affairs minister: Tartu has chance to get situation under control ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Tanel Kiik.
Tanel Kiik. Source: Priit Mürk/ERR

Minister of Social Affairs, Tanel Kiik, said that currently, Tartu County is the area with the highest number of coronavirus cases, which is why any restrictions will be established only there and not nationwide. Kiik said that in this way it is possible to get the situation under control.

"This is a great chance for the city of Tartu, for the people in Tartu to prove that they can the situation under control, that they understand the seriousness of the situation. I believe that the young who have unsuspectingly infected their parents, relatives, grandparents, actually see that this is no joke what we are dealing with and this is not a summer where we should focus on partying," Kiik said.

Kiik confirmed that the government is ready to establish the same restrictions in other areas if the number of cases increases.

"It has been our strategy that we prefer local restrictions, measures, whether it is increasing the number of tests taken, time limits for visits to different institutions, alcohol restrictions and avoiding national restrictions. If the situation demands it, then, of course, the government needs to go in that direction, but currently, the situation with other counties is relatively calm."

According to Kiik, the critical limit is 25 infected per 100,000 people, after which it would be necessary to reintroduce national restrictions. Currently, Estonia has a nationwide rate of 2.6 cases per 100,000, according to fresh Health Board data, but the trend for a rise causes concern, as well as cases crossing the border from Tartu County to the rest of the country.

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