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Latvia offers to help Estonia with Covid-19 beds, if needed

With Estonia currently suffering a sharp spike in Covid-19 infection rates, Latvia is ready to provide treatment in any hospital beds that might be free, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš suggested in a March 9 cabinet meeting.

He also tweeted the offer to his Estonian counterpart Kaja Kallas.

Through the course of the Covid-19 pandemic the fortunes of the three Baltic states in combatting the virus have fluctuated at different times. Currently Estonia is bearing the brunt, and has announced strict new restrictions that will come into force in Estonia from Thursday, March 11 until April 11.

“The fresh data shows that the more aggressive British variant of the coronavirus is spreading more seriously in Estonia than previously predicted. Our medical system is in a crisis,” said Kaja Kallas.

“The situation is particularly critical in Tallinn and Northern Estonia where the hospitals’ ability to cope has come under tremendous pressure, but the situation is difficult all over Estonia. This is why the Government decided to enact further restrictions, the goal of which is to bring contacts between people down to a minimum. This is the only way to the come out of the crisis. How fast we manage to do that depends of the behaviour of each individual,” she said in a government press release.

Many of the new restrictions being introduced in Estonia such as the closure of sports centers and restricting restaurants to takeaway services only, are similar to those that have already been in place in Latvia for some time. For a while it looked as if Estonia's relatively liberal approach was paying dividends but more recently infection rates have soared with the 14 day cumulative rate at more than 1,000 cases per 100,000 of population.

 

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