‘Baltic bubble’ likely to burst on Friday

The ‘Baltic bubble’ — the name given by officials to the open internal borders and single travel zone of the Baltic states despite the COVID-19 virus — is likely to come to an end on Friday September 4, Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš signalled September 2 during a cabinet meeting.

As the incidence of COVID-19 has increased markedly in Lithuania and Estonia, the “Baltic bubble” will no longer be sustainable as quarantine requirements will likely need to be introduced, Kariņš (New Unity party) admitted.

As  previously reported by LSM  , the “Baltic bubble” arrived with much fanfare in May and was touted as evidence that the Baltic states’ handling of coronavirus was among the best in the world and closely aligned between the three states.

However, while all three countries remain relatively good in global terms, both Estonia and Lithuania have in recent days seen a worrying surge in reported infections.


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