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Study: Coronavirus awareness almost equal among Estonian, Russian-speaking residents

BC, Tallinn, 03.04.2020.Print version
The number of people who are following the guidelines issued for curbing the coronavirus outbreak has grown substantially, and Estonia's Russian-speaking residents have begun making more of an effort than the Estonian-speaking segment, it appears from a survey carried out by pollster Turu-uuringute AS, informed LETA/BNS.

While the number of people who are still going outside is declining, 14% still believe that their behavior will not affect the situation.

Altogether 79% of the respondents said that they adhere to all recommendations for preventing the spread of the virus, up 8% from the week before. 41% said they have begun making more of an effort while the respective figure among the Russian-speaking segment was 46%.

Among Estonian-speaking residents, 99% said that they are well informed or rather well informed about coronavirus issues, the corresponding figure among the Russian-speaking respondents was 97%.

Of all respondents, 67% said that they remain at home and 7% said they have been quarantined. The proportion of people who are still going outside has declined from 31% last week to 25%. Work and getting some fresh air were cited as main reasons for leaving the house by 63% and 50%, respectively, by those who maintain the habit.

Altogether 14% of people in Estonia do not believe that their behavior will significantly affect the situation. 7% said that they are starting to grow tired of having to stay at home, the figure was highest among those aged 15-24.

Of the respondents 43 percent were satisfied with the present measures, and 51% opined they should be stricter. Compared to the previous poll, the two figures have grown 8 percent and declined 7%, respectively. Only 5% of the participants in the survey would like to see the restrictions relaxed.

Websites of public authorities, including the crisis information page, are on average used by 23% of the respondents, while the figures among non-ethnic Estonians were significantly higher than those among ethnic Estonians at 28 and 21%, respectively. Websites of state agencies are used most by people aged 15-24, 43% of whom are following these channels while also being the most active group of users of the 1247 emergency situation hotline.

Of the respondents, 60 percent said that the situation prompted by coronavirus has reduced their income and the income of their families, the figure has grown by 5 percentage points compared with last week. Concerns are more severe among the Russian-speaking segment, having grown from 64% to 72%. Uncertainty is most pronounced among customer service employees and skilled workers.

As part of the survey commissioned by the Government Office, 2,031 residents of Estonia aged 15 and older were polled over the phone and online.

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