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Estonia’s Response to COVID-19

30 April 2020

Amidst an overall successful crisis response, the Estonian government has accelerated pet projects that prop up fossil fuels, hurt immigrants, and undermine civil society.

Estonia’s response to the COVID-19 crisis has been remarkably successful. The government declared a state of emergency on 12 March, closing down schools, youth centres, cinemas, museums, banning visits to care homes and prisons, and limiting recreational travel. This was roughly in line with other CEE countries and predating similar orders in France, the UK, Portugal and others.

Today, it seems like the first wave of the epidemic is under control. Even considering one massive outbreak on the island of Saaremaa, following a volleyball match with a team from Milan, the number of hospitalisations and deaths has remained much lower than, for instance, in neighbouring Sweden.

The number of hospitalisations has been in decline since 13 April and the country is preparing to relax some of the lockdown measures.

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Aro Velmet

#DemocraCE Fellow. Editor at the publically funded cultural monthly Vikerkaar, partner journal of the Eurozine network. He holds academic posts at the University of Southern California and the University of Oxford.

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