Estonian PM says tone of coronavirus discussions may change Thursday

  • 2020-08-04
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas wrote on social media that discussions on Thursday may take a different tone due to the number of new coronavirus cases rising and examples emerging of people behaving irresponsibly while carrying the virus.

"The government together with public officials and researchers are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation in order to be prepared to react immediately. At government sittings thus far, we had been happy to observe that the spread had remained low and that the people of Estonia remained vigilant," Ratas said. 

"The tone of the discussion may change at Thursday's sitting, however" he said. The prime minister pointed out that as at last Friday, Estonia's infection rate was 2.6 while at the start of July the indicator was at 1.0.

"New cases over the past week number 43, of which 24 were in Tartu County. A different approach to the situation is also prompted by examples indicating that Estonians have forgotten about the coronavirus," he said.

"We learned in spring that restrictions to our daily lives could be even more extensive. What's even more important -- the virus has taken from us 63 mother and fathers, daughters and sons, aunts and uncles," the premier noted.