Estonian PM in video message: We no longer need emergency situation

  • 2020-05-15
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN – Prime Minister Juri Ratas on Friday issued a video message to the people of Estonia in which he said that, as a result of joint efforts and assistance, the situation concerning the coronavirus has significantly improved and Estonia no longer needs an emergency situation to combat the virus.

However, the prime minister said that this does not mean an immediate return to normal life. "The virus has not disappeared from Estonia or the world. The end of the emergency situation means that we must build a new normalcy. As it will still take time to find an effective treatment and vaccine, we must all continue to protect ourselves, our loved ones and society as a whole from the coronavirus with our behavior," Ratas added.

"We need to stay healthy by keeping our distance and following hygiene rules. When sick, stay at home and avoid contact with others. We are helped by the recommendations, rules and restrictions that will remain in place for the coming weeks as well. I believe that, despite the difficulties, we can continue to be smart, careful and responsible," he said.

Ratas thanked the people of Estonia for their efforts so far and wished everyone health and wisdom in the future.