Latest: Drug maker claims vaccine in India is 81% effective | Government and Politics

Latest: Drug maker claims vaccine in India is 81% effective |  Government and Politics

HELSINKI – Estonia has issued additional coronavirus restrictions and will close restaurants and all non-essential shops on weekends to curb the worsening pandemic situation in the small Baltic country.

As of March 6, catering establishments and most shops will close on Saturday and Sunday, but will remain open during the week, the Estonian government said.

During weekdays, restaurants and stores must comply with a maximum occupancy rate of 25%. The new restrictions will remain in effect until March 28.

Estonia, a nation of 1.3 million people, has seen a rapid increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks as the pandemic has spread across the country.

On Wednesday, the country reported 1,467 new confirmed cases, a total of more than 58,000 cases with 615 deaths. The 14-day average rate of new infections per 100,000 population is now over 1,100.

ANKARA, Turkey – Turkish researchers say the vaccine developed by Chinese company Sinovac Biotech has an efficacy rate of 83.5%, according to the results of an advanced-stage trial in Turkey.

The trial also showed the vaccine to be 100% effective in preventing hospitalization of people with COVID-19, professors Murat Akova and Serhat Unal from Hacettepe University in Ankara said on Wednesday. A total of 10,220 people participated in the late-stage trial, they said.

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