“We would not have sent first grade students home. The organization of distance learning in elementary school is the most difficult, and the infection rate at this age does not support the decision,” Klaas told the daily Tartu Postimees.
Klaas said the government wasn’t working enough with local governments, which is why the city government worked with the health department to send students in 5th to 12th grades for distance learning.
“In the past two weeks, the number of cases in Tartu has increased significantly faster than the Estonian average, and model calculations show the Ida-Viru county scenario could be repeated here,” the mayor explained why the city supported some of the broadcast Distance learning classes.
On Wednesday, December 9th, the government announced that it would close all schools from Monday, December 14th. Ida-Viru county will be practically closed from the same date as the per capita infection rate is the highest in Estonia.
The graph below shows the total number of infections diagnosed per week (Monday through Sunday) for the districts with the highest number of cases. Tartu County is the red line and is clearly showing an upward trend in recent weeks.
The data comes from the Health Board and is published each week in the weekly summary of ERR News.
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