Isamaa MP COVID-19 quarantine violation case still pending a month later

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Aivar Kokk (Isamaa). Source: Siim Lõvi /ERR

A case involving Isamaa MP Aivar Kokk has been running for over a month now with no resolution, ERR reports. Kokk was charged with violating coronavirus close quarantine requirements while attending a party meeting in Jõgeva.

The Health Board (Terviseamet) initiated proceedings against Kokk on January 29.

"Currently, the procedure is in progress. Some progress should be made this week: the gentleman will be discussed on this topic, after that, I expect that something could be revealed next week," Health Board spokesperson Imre Kaas told ERR.

Kass said that the case was in line with several other pending proceedings, not all of which concerned coronavirus issues.

Isamaa saw a coronavirus outbreak among its MPs in January; despite Health Board chief Üllar Lanno urging the party's Riigikogu group leader Priit Sibul to ensure MPs, as close contacts, be in isolation – with Kokk himself reportedly exhibiting symptoms – the latter went to Jõgeva, lobbying ahead of a vote of no confidence in the town's council leader, an Isamaa member.

Kokk subsequently tested positive for the virus, on January 17, with proceedings opened nearly two weeks later.

The Health Board is entitled to issue a fine if it finds Kokk culpable in breaking COVID-19 regulations.

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