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2020.05.15 10:22

Baltic ministers say first coronavirus wave ‘under control’

BNS 2020.05.15 10:22

Prime ministers of the three Baltic states said the first wave of the coronavirus has been taken under control. 

"We can be glad that we, the three Baltic states, have successfully taken the first [Covid-19] wave under control and are the first in the European Union to open our borders to each others' citizens [and residents],” said Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis.

“But we remain cautious and responsible and are protecting the Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian space. Let's be safe together," he said in a pre-recorded statement.

Read more: Lithuania eases travel restrictions for Baltic, Polish residents and citizens

Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins noted that "it's a very important day as we, the three Baltic states, have returned to the common space by reintroducing free movement of people”.

"It has happened thanks to great cooperation of our people and government," he added.

Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas said that since the spread of the coronavirus has been contained, "we can take another step towards our normal life.

"We can use this opportunity. Let us all of us be healthy,’ he said.

Citizens and residents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are free to travel between the three countries, as long as they hadn’t arrived from elsewhere in the past 14 days.

Baltic citizens returning from foreign countries will still be required to self-isolate for two week. Polish citizens and residents can enter Lithuania, if they’re travelling for work, business, or studies.

Read more: Airlines want clearer criteria before resuming flights from Lithuania – official