Tuesday. 26.09.2023

Public life in Estonia will remain largely shut down until April 25, as the government in Tallinn on Tuesday extended the Baltic country's lockdown by another two weeks.

While there won't be any new measures implemented until then, the ones currently in place also won't be lifted, Jaak Aab, minister for public administration, told Estonian radio.

The country went into lockdown in March after coronavirus infections rates had started to tick up.

That lockdown, which sees all non-essential shops closed and schools switched to distance learning, was initially set to expire on April 11.

High infection rate

Estonia, with its 1.3 million inhabitants, currently has one of the highest infection rates in Europe, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

More than 105,000 cases have been recorded so far, and nearly 900 deaths.

Estonia's lockdown to stay in place until 25 April