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Ceturtdiena 02.04.2020 | Name days: Imgarde, Irmgarde

Estonia finds first positive coronavirus case

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Estonia, coronavirus, Iran, bus, travel, infection

Tanel Kiik

In Estonia, the first case of a person being infected with the novel coronavirus has been found, stated Estonian Social Affairs Minister Tanel Kiik on Thursday, February 27, as cited by Estonian public broadcaster ERR.

Kiik broke the news on ETV magazine show Terevisioon and unveiled that the affected individual is an Iranian national resident in Estonia, who had arrived in Estonia by bus from Riga, Latvia.

«The passengers on the [same] bus are currently being identified and contacted», Estonian Social Affairs Minister Kiik explained, yet he could not say how many people had been on the bus and had had contact with the infected person.

To keep the infection under control, the individual is currently in isolation in an unnamed hospital in Estonia, according to Kiik, as quoted by the ERR.

Meanwhile, in Latvia, all tests on the novel coronavirus have been negative, the Latvian Centre of Disease Prevention and Control stated on Thursday morning.

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  1. lv says:

    “All cases in Latvia were negative”… But wait… There is still one left thats still being tested and we are waiting for results.
    And this guy, by traveling from airport Riga to centre of the capital where the bus station, biggest Baltic bazaar AND train station is located.

    Safe to say this guy has infected many people in Latvia in the past 24hours.
    Just freely arrived from Turkey, though some medias say he came from Iran?
    So from Iran, to Turkey, then to Latvia and finally caught in Estonia?
    Screams “INFECTEEEEED PEOPLEEEE” all around.

    I know the transports and all hotspots in Riga for people who get from/to airport to the centre and back, and one thing I can say for sure, is that there should be full measures taken.

    Though Latvian gov. is handicapped like a quadruple amputee trying to run in a snow storm, we will just see many covid cases in the following 2 weeks in LV, Estonia, and hopefully they will do everything to prevent Lithuania getting some too.

    They said LV is more ready than anybody in EU, meanwhile they just allowed a tourist from Iran, a virus hotzone, travel through 3 countries, spreading it around freely.
    Hipocrisy and lying government has plagued this country of mine for a long time.
    We are not ready. We are far from that.

    • Also_lv says:

      Couldn’t say it more to the point. That’s the exact situation.

    • hmh says:

      Criticize your government all you want, but don’t be mean towards the disabled. It’s tasteless.

    • Signe says:

      Hopefully he took bus from airport and didn’t really travel to city center with “normal” bus, otherwise yes, it would be catastrophic to riga elderly people. (every time i go to estonia I travel same route and most of the times i try to take bus straight from airport to pärnu)

  2. Cam47 says:

    But when I travel through normal tram and trolley I found many people coughing and sneezing more than usual. I hope and pray it is due to the sudden snow. All is well.

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