PERH hospital head wants to wait to ease coronavirus restrictions

North Estonia Medical Center (PERH).
North Estonia Medical Center (PERH). Source: PERH

Agris Peedu, chairman of the board of the North Estonian Regional Hospital (PERH), said the restrictions set to prevent the spread of the coronavirus should not be lifted immediately, as the Center Party wants.

"I think it is rather the right time to discuss these issues at the moment: be it shortening the days of isolation, be it a Covid pass. But we certainly cannot talk about ending everything now," Peedu said on the Vikerradio morning program on Monday.

"If we look at the fact that we currently have a little over 300 patients with the coronavirus in the hospital, we have 5,000-6,000 new infections every day, then as a hospital manager, I don't want to say that we will lift all restrictions immediately," he added.

Peedu said the hospital does not think the crisis is over. The situation is also complicated by the fact that a large part of the staff is also infected.

Considering how widespread Omicron is, it is possible that we will see a new wave, Peedu noted.

Agris Peedu. Source: Ministry of Finance.

"Every wave is different and therefore it cannot be said that we would have been completely ready for the fourth wave, nor would we be completely ready for the fifth wave if it were to come," Peedu said

However, hospitals are managing better now than when they had more than 700 coronavirus patients. It was alarming when there were 70 new patients in one day.

"If the number of new patients remains at 30-35, we will manage because the length of treatment for coronavirus patients has definitely decreased compared to when we had a Delta strain or a second wave," he said.

"It's hard to say whether we've reached the peak of the fourth wave or if we're still there. I still have a lot of faith in scientists, I am waiting to see what the scientific advisory council thinks about the restrictions, easing of the restrictions and about how long we will have infected people," Peedu said. "But looking at the last month, the last few weeks, we're pretty positive that the fear that the number of Covid-19 patients is going to increase isn't happening."


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