“If the coronavirus continues to spread, Estonia may remain closed all summer,” warned Prime Minister Kaja Kallas. In the last two weeks, Estonia recorded the highest number of SARS-CoV-2 infections per 100,000 people in Europe.
“Dear Estonians, we have a big problem,” the head of government, who will resume his duties as head of government on Thursday after the hiatus caused by the coronavirus infection, began a speech to the citizens. In her appeal on Facebook, Kallas pointed out that, thanks to tough restrictions in March, levels of infections have stabilized, although not falling.
She added that “the government can impose restrictions indefinitely, but the citizens are responsible for obeying them.”
In an interview with the public broadcaster ERR, Kallas, commenting on her entry, admitted that “there is no room for new restrictions in Estonia”.
According to the data of the World Health Organization, the Baltic country with a population of just over 1.3 million has the highest infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants in Europe (1,508 in the last 14 days). Last week, the number of confirmed cases of infection exceeded 10,000 for the first time.
Former president Dalia Grybauskaitė has been re-vaccinated against COVID-19. She announced it on her FB profile on Thursday (March 25).
“The second vaccine is here! Let’s all be healthy!” Grybauskaitė wrote on her Facebook.
Dalia Grybauskaitė turned 65 on March 1.
After the urgent next meeting of the German government and the Länder authorities, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that she was withdrawing Monday’s decision on stricter sanitary restrictions for Easter. The plan sparked protests and criticism.
Chancellor Angela Merkel explained that the idea of the so-called “Easter rest” was designed with the best intentions, but doubts about the introduction of strict restrictions on holidays could not be dispelled in such a short time. That is why the head of the government announced that the plan would be abandoned.
“I chose this short press conference … not to present the necessary regulations for the additional Easter rest agreed on Monday, but to withdraw them,” Merkel said.
She added that she was taking responsibility for this decision. “This mistake is solely my fault,” she said.
“I deeply regret it and for that, I ask forgiveness of all citizens,” declared the chancellor.