Covid-19 incidence in Estonia dropping because people comply with recommendations more dutifully - expert

  • 2020-10-19
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The epidemiological safety measures introduced in Latvia and Estonia are roughly the same, but public attitude is what makes the difference, Jurijs Perevoscikovs, the director of the Disease Risk Analysis and Prevention Department at the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), said at a news conference Monday.

According to the data released by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Covid-19 incidence in Estonia has been declining for several weeks already, while in Latvia the infection rate has kept growing. 

"We have been in touch with our Estonian colleagues for some time already, openly discussing the measures we are taking, and I do not see any major difference," Perevoscikovs said, adding that the difference might be in compliance with the recommendations like social distancing, disinfection and mask wearing. 

Asked if there is a necessity for additional restrictions in Latvia, the expert indicated that at this stage everything depends on the already existing measures. The CDC is assessing their efficacy at the moment, Perevoscikovs said.

The epidemiologist noted that the latest measures became necessary because people were not adhering to more basic guidelines. "Everything depends on the people," Perevoscikovs said.

As reported, another 44 Covid-19 cases have been recorded in Latvia over the past 24 hours, the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) informed Monday.

The latest cases have been discovered after testing 2,215 people. The total number of Covid-19 tests carried out in Latvia so far has thus risen to 393,186.

The share of positive tests in the past 24 hours was 2.1 percent. The CDC explained earlier that in the European Union this indicator is considered important because when this figure rises above 3 percent, the spread of the disease is considered to be rapid and uncontrolled.