“68 COVID-19 infections were registered in nine days in the municipality of Lääneranna. The 14-day morbidity rate per 100,000 inhabitants in our municipality has increased from 305 to 1,412,” the municipality wrote on social media. The parish has a population of 5,242, data from Statistics Estonia show.
In comparison, the rate across Pärnu County is 642.8 per 100,000 inhabitants.
The community said students, teachers, children and care facility workers became ill.
Additional restrictions were put in place on Friday, causing all local authority-administered schools to take distance learning and suspend classes in hobby schools, Lääneranna Teataja reported. These new restrictions will initially apply for one week.
Health Board spokeswoman Merilin Vernik said people should limit social interaction for now. “It is still very important to act responsibly and follow all safety measures,” said Vernik.
According to Vernik, Lääneranna Municipality does not have the highest infection rate in Estonia. Pärnu’s infection rate is 2,530 and in Maardu 1,767 per 100,000 inhabitants.
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