Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Estonia Tightens Virus Certification Criteria As Cases Rise

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (NWN) – People in Estonia can no longer use negative test results to obtain the coronavirus certificates required for attending sporting events, film screenings, indoor public gatherings and other events.

Since Monday, only proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 is accepted as a basis for obtaining a certificate. The authorities said the rule, along with another requirement for masks in closed public places, will remain in effect until January 10.

It was not immediately clear why the government excluded negative test results from the certification process, although concerns about the reliability of some tests could be a factor.

Estonian Prime Minister Kaya Kallas said that among the people who died from COVID-19 in the Baltic States, there are five times more unvaccinated than vaccinated. Callas did not provide a time frame for the statistics.

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On Monday, Estonia recorded 1,787 new cases of the disease every day, which corresponds to the peak of the pandemic in March.

On Sunday, the country’s 14-day coronavirus infection rate was 1,311.3 per 100,000 inhabitants, one of the highest rates in Europe, Estonian broadcaster ERR reported.

The other two Baltic States are also seeing a worsening coronavirus situation.

Last week, nearly a month’s lockdown was imposed in Latvia, which includes a night curfew and the closure of all shops except for those selling essential goods. The country has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the European Union.

On Monday, the Baltic News Service, citing official statistics, reported that 887 new cases of the disease and 21 deaths were registered in Latvia.

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In Lithuania, the southernmost Baltic country, 1,810 new cases and 25 deaths were reported daily, according to the news service. The infection rate after 14 days rose to 1,314.4 per 100,000 people.

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