The council made its proposals to the federal government on Monday and head of the council virology professor Irja Lutsar informed ERR the suggestions remained roughly the identical as final week.
For the previous few weeks, the council has beneficial that the reopening of faculties must be prioritized over the reopening of the financial system.
Lutsar additionally emphasised that because the summer season holidays are arising, kids ought to return to contact studying earlier than then. She mentioned a selected date, comparable to Might 10 or Might 17, had not been advised.
“We didn’t suggest a date, however we mentioned it may very well be accomplished as quickly as attainable with the 50 p.c occupancy fee that the Ministry of Training already has in thoughts,” she mentioned.
Faculties should nonetheless comply with the rules to cease the unfold of coronavirus such pretty much as good air flow, sporting masks and vaccinating academics, she mentioned.
Lutsar highlighted that the variety of new instances isn’t falling as shortly because it has accomplished in earlier months. There was a 9 p.c drop final week, however beforehand it has been as excessive as 20 p.c. The R quantity is presently 0.9 however letting it go above 1 would see the an infection fee begin to develop once more.
Yesterday (Might 3), grades 1-4, 9 and 12 have been allowed to return to high school for the primary time since mid-March. Restrictions have been additionally eased on eating places, retailers and purchasing facilities.
The council beforehand beneficial lifting restrictions step-by-step, colleges first and the financial system later, so every stage may very well be monitored to know the way it raises the an infection fee. Nevertheless, the federal government made the choice to do each on the similar time.
The under graph is taken from ERR Information’ weekly round-up and reveals the variety of new instances identified by week. Final week 2,402 new instances have been reported in comparison with 2,604 the earlier week.