“If we were to talk about reopening the testing option, it must follow a decrease in hospitalizations, clear relief. Then the government can make a decision to ease tensions in society by reviewing the rules for coronavirus certificates. “Kiik said. BE MISTAKEN.
“The goal of the government and every politician must be to maintain the mental and physical well-being of the entire Estonian population. We will have to assess which set of Covid rules helps us achieve this goal.”
Kiik said the government is not planning any major changes to the coronavirus restrictions and that the spread of the Omicron variant is being watched. “Discussions will certainly continue on the self-isolation obligations of vaccinated people if they come in contact with someone infected with the coronavirus. This is where we recommended to self-isolate currently,” said the health Minister.
Kiik noted that people have had more contact during the holiday season, which can cause a wave of infections. “And depending on whether people are vaccinated or not, there is also a wave of hospitalizations.”
He noted that the hospitalization rate over the past five weeks has been stable around 250 patients, but the coming weeks will provide some insight into how rising infection rates will affect those numbers.
Kiik said the government cabinet would meet on Tuesday to discuss the coronavirus situation. “I would dare to say that we will be much smarter by mid-January than today,” said the Minister of Health.
The government approved a coronavirus certificate regulation last June that would allow people to go to restaurants and other places of entertainment if they are vaccinated against the coronavirus, have recovered from the coronavirus, or show evidence of a recent rapid test or negative PCR. The government abandoned the test option in October.