TALLINN - The government has called on the people of Estonia to make a joint effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
"Being concerned about public health, the epidemiological situation, society, economy, health care and social system in Estonia as well as for the well-being of the state, we call on people to make a joint effort to prevent the coronavirus from ravaging our daily lives," the Estonian government said.
"A significant increase has occurred in the spread of the coronavirus in Estonia, and the next few weeks will determine whether or not we can prevent a larger wave of the virus among the population. Being able to control the spread of the virus is necessary for us all as well as the entire Estonian society in order to avoid the introduction of stricter measures for the purpose of protecting the health of all Estonian people. We believe in the reasonable behavior of Estonian people, which helped us successfully cope with the outbreak in early spring," the government's statement reads.
The government urges everyone to behave in a caring, careful and smart manner.
"Each individual person behaving reasonably will help prevent damage than ensues if the virus spreads extensively," it says.
The government also underscored the need to keep a larger than usual distance from other people, both acquaintances and strangers, as this is the most efficient measure for preventing becoming infected. Upon the onset of virus symptoms, one must remain at home. The risk of infecting others is highest two days prior to and two days after the onset of symptoms.
Crowded places must be avoided in regions where the number of coronavirus cases is high. If doing so is not possible, a protective mask should be worn in crowded indoor environments and on public transport. All parties, including those held with family and close friends, constitute a heightened risk of infection and holding them should be weighed very carefully, the government said.
The government urged everyone to download and install the Hoia coronavirus exposure notification app on their phone and comply with hygiene rules to prevent contracting the disease.