Estonia Confirms First Coronavirus Case

Estonia Confirms First Coronavirus Case

Estonia has confirmed their first case of coronavirus (COVID-19) found on Wednesday evening, social affairs minister Tanel Kiik (Center) revealed Thursday morning.

Kiik told ETV magazine show “Terevisioon” on Thursday morning that the first case of Coronavirus has been found.

The minister said that the affected person is an Iranian national living in Estonia and had arrived the country not with plane or by sea, but instead by bus from Riga, Latvia.

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“The people who entered the same bus are now being identified and contacted,” Kiik revealed, though could not tell how many people in the bus and had contact with the infected victim.

The person is currently in isolation in hospital, to prevent further transmission of the virus, and work was ongoing to identify those who the victim had come into contact with.

Kiik did not tell the town or hospital the victim was currently been taking care of. However, the Health Board added that they are at the West Tallinn Central Hospital in the infections clinic (Lääne-Tallinna keskhaigla).

“The effected person will no longer have the opportunity to travel around Estonia [after arriving by bus],” a spokesperson from the Health Board said. 

“The affected person came from Riga by bus and called an ambulance to [Tallinn] bus station themselves,” she added.

According to Latvia’s health board, the individual is a 34-year-old man traveling with his daughter and was in Riga less than 3 hours, having flown from Istanbul, Turkey, and took a minibus from Riga Airport to the city’s central bus station, where he caught a Lux Express bus to Tallinn at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

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